Wildlife Safety in Sea Pines
Sea Pines Community Service Associates, Inc. (CSA) works directly with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) to regularly manage wildlife in our community in accordance with their requirements. The Sea Pines Security Department is available 24/7 to address wildlife sightings and concerns reported in the community by contacting our security dispatch line at 843.671.7170. Sea Pines CSA also employs a full-time wildlife officer and wildlife biologist to help maintain the delicate balance between humans and our Lowcountry environment. While each report of wildlife is handled on a case-by-case basis, Sea Pines takes wildlife concerns very seriously and works together with designated authorities as appropriate to handle each situation.
A Digital Guide to Wildlife in the Sea Pines Community
- Click here to view in a booklet format. Be sure to click on the FULLSCREEN option in the center of the cover for easy reading.
- Click here for a printable pdf version.
Wildlife Safety Video
We have chosen to make the beautiful community of Sea Pines our place to live, work, or visit. With this beautiful environment comes an extensive variety of landscape and wildlife, and with that landscape and wildlife comes the responsibility to always be aware of our surroundings.
- Click here to watch a short Wildlife Safety in Sea Pines video.
Wildlife Safety Reminders
- Don’t feed wildlife.
- Admire wildlife from a safe distance.
- Never come between a mother animal and her nest or her young.
- Keep your dog on a leash; never leave pets unattended.
- Never leave a pet’s food or water dish outside.
- If you have bird feeders, be aware that other animals may be attracted to the scattered seed or to the birds that you are feeding.
- If you have a swimming pool in your yard, always look before you or your children enter the water.
- Use a flashlight so you can see the ground at night in areas where venomous snakes might be present or alligators may be wandering.
- Keep your yard and home clear of clutter, it only attracts animals and provides shelter and nesting opportunities.
- Don’t try to trap an animal yourself without a safe trap and a plan. (Sea Pines Security will not be responsible for removing any animal you have trapped yourself)
To report a nuisance animal and request removal assistance, contact Sea Pines Security at 843.671.7170.
Alligator Safety Precautions:
- Alligators inhabit our area and they do live in Sea Pines, assume every body of water could contain an alligator.
- Stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings, if you must be near a body of water, use caution.
- Do not approach alligators, no matter how big or small.
- Never feed or harass an alligator.
- Be mindful of children and pets and make sure they stay away from lagoons and waterways.
- Swimming or wading in ponds and lagoons is prohibited.
- Use caution when fishing near any body of water. Do not throw fish scraps into any body of water.
- Do not attempt to move or capture an alligator.
- Feeding, harassing, or the unlawful killing or taking of alligators can result in substantial fines and/or jail time.
- Safety Tips and Facts To Keep in Mind During Alligator Breeding Season (late April-June)
We need your assistance in remaining vigilant and alert about our surroundings. Be aware of your safety and the safety of others, if you see something, say something. To report an aggressive or nuisance alligator or to report any safety concerns regarding alligators, please immediately contact the Sea Pines Security Department Dispatch Phone Line at 843.671.7170.
Protect Our Sea Turtles:
- Lights out: The Town of HHI requires all indoor and outdoor light fixtures that are visible from the beach to be shielded so the bulbs are not visible or turned off between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. during sea turtle nesting season from May 1 – October 31.
- Keep the beach clean: Never leave beach umbrellas, chairs, beach accessories on the beach overnight. Nesting female turtles may get tangled in them, and for hatchlings, they are often impassable and disorienting. Place all trash and recyclables in the appropriate receptacles.
- Fill in holes: Baby turtles often fall into the holes left on the beach and get disoriented and fall to prey.
- Observe from a distance: Use a zoom lens and do not shine lights near the nests.
- Don’t harass: Don’t pick up a baby turtle to “help it” on its journey to the water.
- Leave nest sites alone: Do not disturb sea turtle nest markers. Obey these signs and please stay out of marked areas.
- Sea Turtle Patrol Awareness Flyer: Click here to view/print
To report light violation contact Town of HHI Code Enforcement Officers Weekdays: Wendy Conant at 843-341-4643 or Todd McNeill at 843-341-4642.
To report dead, injured or harassed turtles contact the SC Department of Natural Resources hotline at 1-800-922-5431, day or night and weekends.