There have been reports of deer on Ocracoke for more than a decade. Islanders and visitors have routinely seen deer tracks in various places in the National Seashore. Several years ago, in the early morning hours, I even spotted two deer running in front of my car just north of the NPS campground.
But I hadn't heard about deer sightings, or seen evidence of them, for quite a while...until I noticed a deer track on the Hammock Hills Nature Trail a couple of weeks ago.
I took this photo, but unfortunately the track is difficult to see, even highlighted with the oval. But it was definitely a deer track.
Please leave a comment if you've seen deer on Ocracoke recently.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of the recent
skirmishes islanders have had with North Carolina legislatures over the
issue of ferry tolls...and a 1955 newspaper editorial advocating free,
state-operated ferries across Hatteras Inlet. You can read it here: