Spotting one of Ocean City's wild red foxes is a surprise and a pleasure — even if it's becoming increasingly common and if the animals seem to be growing increasingly comfortable with the human population around them.
Ocean City resident and real estate agent Joe Sheppard submitted a pair of photos from the Gardens — one of a fox carrying an egg in its mouth, another of a fox getting comfortable on the rooftop of a home near the Ocean City-Longport Bridge.
Angela Patterson was in town over Easter weekend and uploaded a photo of a pair of foxes on the beach to our Facebook page.
Ocean City Patch reader "steef," who has submitted some spectacular images over the past year, passed along another — it's now featured above.
"As beautiful as they are, they are wild animals," says Pete Ault, Ocean City's Environmental Commission chairman.
Ault reminds pet owners to make sure their pets are attended to, and he points out the following state Fish, Game and Wildlife page as a good reference for more information on foxes: http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/speciesinfo_fox.htm.
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