Everyone knows foxes are the trickiest creatures on the planet. It should be no surprise, then, that they went incognito over the weekend and posed as their canine cousins.
A number of people reported seeing coyotes on the beaches in Sea Isle City, New Jersey.
But local animal control has cleared the air: People were seeing actually spotting foxes, which are part of the local ecosystem and natural inhabitants of New Jersey barrier islands.
Don’t worry — foxes generally do not pose a threat to humans, local officials said. They do, however, carry mange and should be avoided.
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Animal control believes the foxes seen over the weekend are a mother and pup. Traps have been set to capture the pair in an effort to transfer them to an animal rehabilitation facility and treated for mange. Traps have been set and will be checked regularly, officials said.
Any sightings of foxes should be reported to Sea Isle City Police Department’s Dispatch Office at (609) 263-4311.