A mapping initiative spurred by dozens of sightings from readers ignited some hot debate. Here's a look at the news from this past week.
The Fox Files: Why Red Fox Sightings are a Positive Phenomenon
One thing many residents between Blue Point and West Sayville seemingly have in common these days, besides loving their communities, is a furry four-legged visitor to their yard, street or neighborhood: the red fox.
Backyard Foxes: Map Shows Sightings Across Sayville-Bayport
It's not just you seeing furry red foxes in your backyards. According to the more than 70 people who responded to our sightings call-out, these wild canines are turning up in every corner of Sayville, Bayport and Blue Point.
Check out our map above to see where foxes have been spotted, and hear from locals about their fox encounters.
The Do’s & the Don’ts of Red Fox Interaction
Red fox, like coyotes, can sometimes erroneously spur fear when spotted in suburban residential settings, according to wild dog expert Frank Vincenti, but that fear is not rational as red fox present little, if any, danger to humans or even small pets.
That said, residents should not embrace the wildlife as an
outdoor pet. He, along with the state department of environment conservation,
offer up insight on do’s and don’ts and some facts about the species.
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Report: Super Storm Sandy Changed Fire Island's Shape
A new federal report reveals that last year’s super storm Sandy eroded half of Fire Island beaches and dunes, leaving the barrier island more vulnerable to future storms, and dramatically altered its shape.
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey,
released Tuesday, maps out the three locations breached by the storm and
reveals the dunes lost 54.4 percent of pre-storm volume with dune overwash
impacting 46.6 percent of the barrier beach. The result is a dramatic change
to the island’s shape, according to the release issued on the report.