Cross-posted from HamptonRoads.com
By JEFF HAMPTON | The Virginian-Pilot | © February 21, 2010
For the first time, tours to see the Corolla wild horses this summer must have permits, include a guide and must have signs on the vehicles.
Last week, two applicants, including the nonprofit that oversees the herd of about 110 wild horses, were issued the first special-use permits to drive visitors through the four-wheel drive area of the Currituck Outer Banks.
Four others have applied, said Ben Woody, director of the Currituck County planning department.
Commissioners approved the requirement in September.
It’s the latest effort to promote safety and good manners on a beach that can become a mix of wild horses, anglers and families playing near the surf.
Meanwhile, horse tours, visitors, locals and construction crews drive through the crowds.
Residents in the four-wheel-drive communities have reported trespassing and reckless driving.
As a membership benefit, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund plans to offer a private tour in one vehicle driven by herd manager Wesley Stallings, said Karen McCalpin, director of the nonprofit.
“You’re going with the guy who sees these horses on a daily basis,” McCalpin said. “It’s almost like a National Geographic experience.” Read full story >>
Congratulations to Corolla Wild Horse Fund for finding a way to preserve these horses.