Wildlife Management

In addition to its 11 mile shoreline, North Topsail Beach has many acres of undeveloped land and wetlands which surround residential property.

It is common for property owners, residents, and visitors to have an encounter with an animal whether it be a stray or a wild animal foraging for food or looking for a new home.

Wild animals should be admired from afar and left alone. If you find one that is not afraid of humans, be very cautious as this could be a sign of rabies.

Mosquitos are also a common occurrence in this area. The Town performs mosquito control measures during certain times of the year and will respond to requests from property owners.

Town Resources

Mosquito Control Requests:
Please fill out the Mosquito Control Request Form.

Animal Carcasses:
Contact Public Works at 910-328-5297 if the carcass is located on the beach strand, in the roads or right-of-way within the Town, or if it is located in a Town-owned parking lot or park.

State, County, and Local Resources

Onslow County Animal Control
Call first for any animal if rabies is suspected. Call for stray dogs and cats.

Operation Top Cat

N.C. Wildlife Helpline

Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

Marine Mammal Stranding

Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary
Will transport and treat sick or injured birds and other wildlife.  

Shark Brochure

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