HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Town officials are working to trap a sickly fox seen around town, as reported at Tuesday night's Hasbrouck Heights Borough Council meeting.
In his Department of Public Works report, Councilman David Gonzalez stated that the department had cleared out some brush at Woodland Park. Animal Control in Teterboro has set four traps in the park in hopes of trapping and removing the animal.
The unhealthy fox has been seen throughout town, including at a Cub Scout event on Friday, June 8, in the park as reported by Assistant Cubmaster Henry Hahn, near Depken Field and around residences in the borough.
During the public comment section of the meeting, residents sought more information about the fox.
Hasbrouck Heights Police Chief Michael Colaneri Sr. said that he believed that there was more than one fox in town. He noted that he recently seen a fox in town, and it did not appear to have mange, which it appears the one photographed had.
Colaneri noted that the county will only assist if they have a report or concern that the fox is sick, as foxes are not considered dangerous to humans. He also noted that the police cannot shoot the animal, and capturing it might prove to be difficult.
Colaneri also stated that he believed that there might be a small den over by the Hilton Hotel on the Hackensack/Hasbrouck Heights border.
(Editor's Note: the article has been updated to include a photo taken during a Cub Scout event in early June and attribution from the Assistant Cubmaster.)
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