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Parks, sites get looted, overrun


Fig Island might be a mystery, but “Monkey Island” is a dare.

The live oak sprawled island near Beaufort where free-roaming monkeys are bred for research has long been a party boat destination, even though it’s off-limits to the general public. Boaters have tossed the monkeys potato chips, drinks or beers, despite signs warning that it’s illegal — a practice so common that the monkeys have been known to pop the tops with an accustomed ease .

Fig Island and Morgan, or “Monkey,” Island together could probably draw more visitors than all other taxpayer-owned natural destinations on the coast. But one is kept low-profile, the other privately run.


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