Hurricane Dorian crashed in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm on Sept. 6, straining the state in heavy rain, wind and floods after making landfall on the Outer Banks, a chain of narrow barrier islands off the main coast.  Rising waters poured over land and a violent tide swept a group of horses and cows into the sea. To the surprise of the residents and employees of the National Park, three of these cows were recently discovered at Cape Out National Bank's Outer Banks.
The cattle are believed to have arrived at the federal park, sailing at least two miles through Core Sound from Cedar Island, according to park spokesman B.G. Croat. He said the owner of the cows, Woody Hancock, identified them as being from Cedar Island.
The cows were part of a group of domestic animals that graze about 1,000 acres of privately owned property on Cedar Island, where they are cared for by Mr. Hancock and others, according to an observer at Charlotte reporting the reappearance of the three cows.
Mr. Horvath said the cows and horses on the island were swept away by a tide of water about nine feet or so
Mr. Horvath said park employees found the first cow on Sept. 7, the day after the hurricane. Three more cows, both annual, were discovered three weeks later. The cows seem to have a connection, he said.
" Ever since they were found, they've been hanging out together," he said. "They just graze on the North Core Island."
Horvath said park officials hope to find the cow owner . Once contacted, the owner will have 30 days to devise a plan for moving the cows.
He said that possible scenarios for taking cattle out of the park could include sedating them to take them back to Cedar Island or transport them. with a trailer.
"If the park needs help rounding up the cows, we will help them do that," says Mr. Horvath.
Nena Hancock, who owns and operates a herd of horses on Cedar Island with her husband Woody, lost 28 horses to the storm. She said they would help move the cows back to their home.
"We will enjoy it more," she said in an interview Wednesday. "We will be ready to assist when this decision is made."