A sick fox that was spotted hanging around downtown in proximity of the captain cove area of Highlands was captured on Sunday 8/11. With all the abandoned homes and empty crawl spaces, it is conducive for wildlife to blend in without being noticed. According to Highlandsnjstrong animal control officer Kerry McEntee Gowan & Patrolman Troy Hartsgrove apprehended the fox without incident.
According to NJ DEP, the following can assist with lessening incidents between humans and foxes:
- Never feed a fox. Deliberately feeding fox puts pets and other residents in the neighborhood at risk.
- Feeding pet cats and/or feral (wild) cats outdoors can attract fox. They will feed on the pet food and also prey upon the cats.
- Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over.
- Remove sources of water, especially in dry climates.
- Bring pets in at night.
- Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other prey.
- Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry, and other farm animals.
- Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
- Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
- Clear brush and dense weeds from around dwellings – this reduces protective cover for foxes.
If you observe foxes in the daytime that show no fear of humans or if a they attack a person, immediately contact your local police and the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 908-735-8793; outside of normal business hours call the DEP Hotline at 877-WARN-DEP.