Dewees Island Wildlife Emergency Information

Dewees Island Wildlife

If you find injured or dead animals on Dewees Island, please immediately contact:

  • Lori Sheridan Wilson, 843-569-3994 (Monday – Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm)
  • Public Safety, 843-296-4952
  • Gary McGraw, (only call for sea turtles nesting on the beach, injured or dead sea turtles, whales, manatees, or dolphins), Gary’s numbers are avialable in the Dewees Directory.

Call the above people first in the event of all wildlife related emergencies (in the order listed).  If you cannot get in touch with the above people please immediately refer to the following information:

Animal Problem What to do Who to Call
Raccoon Acting strangely or unable to free itself from harmful objects (soda can) Record the location of the animal, the time, and an accurate description and give to an Environmental Staff person.
Alligator In the road Remain in the vicinity of the animal until it has cleared the road
Alligator At the crab dock If the alligator is within sight of the crab dock people on the dock must remove their lines and immediately leave the area
Alligator Being harassed or fed by people Harassing and feeding alligators is against the law, contact the DNR immediately DNR Wildlife Officer843-817-0004
Bird Injured, sick, or unable to fly Remain with the animal until assistance arrives or record the location of the animal, the time, and an accurate description and give to an Environmental Staff person.
If the bird needs immediate medical attention (bleeding, broken bone, etc) please use the contact list in the next column.
Shorebirds, wading birds, song birds-

  • Pet Vet (8 am – 6 pm)

843-884-7387

  • Emergency Vet (after hours)

843-216-7554

Birds of prey (hawks, owls, osprey)-

  • Birds of Prey Center (24 hrs)- 843-971-7474
  • Mary Pringle (8 am – 8 pm)-

843-886-8733

Snake or Glass Lizard (legless lizard) On the road Do not attempt to handle or relocate venomous snakesRemain in the vicinity of the snake or lizard until it has cleared the road
Sea Turtle Injured, dead, or stranded on the beach Remain with the animal until assistance arrives. Do not touch the animal.
  1. Gary McGraw
  2. Turtle Team Member
  3. SC DNR hotline: 1-800-922-5431
Dolphin, Whale, or Manatee Injured, dead, or stranded on the beach Remain with the animal until assistance arrives. Do not touch the animal.
  1. Gary McGraw
  2. SC DNR hotline: 1-800-922-5431
Sea Turtle In the impoundment Record the location of the animal, what time you saw it and an accurate description, give to an Environmental Staff person.
  1. Gary McGraw
  2. Turtle Team Member
Turtle Nesting in the road Record the location of the turtle, what time you saw it and an accurate description, give to an Environmental Staff person.Do not disturb the turtle, allow the turtle to dig her nest and lay her eggs.

Remain near the turtle until she has finished nesting to keep carts from hitting her.

Place an orange cone over the nest cavity to mark the location.

Turtle Team Members (numbers available from Dewees Directory):

Gary McGraw

Judy Fairchild

Brucie Harry

Toone Lapham

Gary McGraw

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