Protect Sea Turtles at Cape Hatteras

The laws banning night driving must be enforced.
Loggerhead sea turtles
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore, on North Carolina's Outer Banks, is a natural treasure and home to many imperiled species. But the National Park Service, cowed by local four-wheeler enthusiasts, is refusing to enforce the laws already in place to protect vulnerable sea turtles and shorebirds from people driving on the beach at night during nesting season.   

Tell the Park Service to take one simple step to protect our endangered wildlife: Physically close the beach-access ramps each night during the hours of the beach night-driving ban.

Cape Hatteras is used for nesting by five kinds of threatened sea turtles, including loggerhead, leatherback, hawksbill, green and Kemp's ridley. Since 2010 three adult sea turtles have been killed by renegade four-wheelers violating the night-driving ban.

And sea turtles aren't the only ones at risk. Least terns, piping plovers, gull-billed terns, American oystercatchers, Wilson's plovers and common terns could also be crushed in their nests by night drivers.

Please join us in urging the Park Service to enforce the laws at Cape Hatteras.

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Photo of loggerhead sea turtles by Jeroen Looye/Flickr.

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