Visitors to Island Beach State Park worry the fox population is out of control

The number of foxes has greatly increased since the early 2000s (4/18/14)

LONG BEACH ISLAND - Visitors of Island Beach State Park are getting a little worried about the fox population on the island. Some feel the foxes are getting a little too familiar with the people.

It was once quite rare to see a fox on the island, but when News 12 New Jersey's Ranji Sinha went to visit, the foxes were plentiful.

A column on the Friends of Island Beach State Park website says the fox population seems to have grown since the early 2000s.

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Superstorm Sandy seems to have also added to the population.  When food was thrown out post-Sandy, the foxes came along to feast.

The NJ DEP did not have anyone available to comment on the size or health of the fox population in Island Beach State Park.  The Friends of Island Beach State Park warn that people should not feed the foxes.

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