New County Law: Stay Away From Corolla Wild Horses

Visitors to the Outer Banks now are required to stay away from the famous wild horses in the Corolla area.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports that the Currituck County Board of Commissioners adopted a new ordinance last week that orders visitors to stay 50 feet away from the wild horses.

A law adopted in 1989 made it illegal to be within 50 feet of a horse if trying to feed it. The new law bans any intentional contact.

County Attorney Donald McRee says there have been complaints this year about people putting children on the horses and posing with them for photos. Officials also said a woman walked with a herd and ignored repeated warning to move away.

Under the old law officials couldn't take action because the tourists weren't feeding the horses.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Deborah Location: OBX NC on Jul 14, 2009 at 09:54 AM
    In response to MR T. These horses are wild, but they have been around the people and trucks for so long they are used to it. I try to go up on the beach every other week and take pictures of the horses. It so so nice to see the horses on a hot humid day standing at the edge of the ocean cooling off. They are just standing there not bothering no one. I have been on the beach and seen these idiots go right up to them and pet them, they know the horses are wild and I have to agree with the other viewer if you put your children up there on a wild horse they should be tried for child abuse because all you are doing is endangering that child. If that horse does do something to that child then like they said then that parent will want the horse dead and we have had too many of the horses now killed because of these stupid idiots that will not leave the horses alone. I also think that the fines should be more higher if something happens to these beautful horses if one of these idiots do harm
  • by Lifelong Resident Location: Carova Beach, NC on Jul 13, 2009 at 03:18 PM
    I am a lifelong resident of Carova Beach, NC. We have repeat. asked the county to do something about the amount of tourists that try to feed, pet, ride, you name it, they do it. Its unbelievable that these idiots walk up to these animals who are wild and let their toddler pet them. Absolutely absurd. Ive yelled many times at these idiots that pull up to these animals. Ill yell at them again and again. Ive called the sheriff- but he wont do anything. They NEVER give tickets to the tourists because they dont want to tick them off. The county is feeding off of their tax $$$$.
  • by JB Location: WASHINGTON on Jul 13, 2009 at 01:47 PM
    It's about time. now lets see if they will uphold the law.
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Jul 13, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    Finally! They're not bothering the people so people leave them alone!
  • by OBXFAN Location: Williamston on Jul 13, 2009 at 10:44 AM
    I think that whoever put a child on the back of one of these horses should be tried for child abuse, if the horse had bucked or bitten the child they would want it dead... These are wild animals not your local barnyard. LEAVE THEM ALONE!!!
  • by Dave Location: Edenton on Jul 13, 2009 at 09:45 AM
    Great news! The only thing I would like to see changed with this new law is to require people to stay 100 yards away from the wild horses. They are wild. Leave them alone!
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jul 13, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    I say fence the humans in and let the wild horses come by and feed them. Watch out for Park Rangers with tape measures. Jokes aside. This is probably a good idea.
  • by Tara Location: ECB on Jul 13, 2009 at 08:57 AM
    This unfortunately may be the begining of the steps needed to be taken to protect these beautiful creatures of Corolla. Some people have respect for natures fragile beauty while others will never be able to have have that respect. The main goal should be to protect our wildlife no matter what the cost.
  • by hope Location: NC on Jul 13, 2009 at 08:52 AM
    Mr. T, It is the people that may become injured by the horses which could result in a big law suit that the county might be the most concerned with.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 13, 2009 at 08:26 AM
    Hadn't heard about the horse getting injured by the four wheeler. The new law makes a little more sense now.
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