Sick Fox Captured in downtown Highlands

ImageA 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.


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