In this Jersey Shore town, residents fight to preserve foxes and birds

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CARLY WANNA / PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER – Brigantine’s North End is an environmental treasure – and a wildlife battleground.

Predator red foxes roam the beaches of the New Jersey Shore town, threatening piping plovers, an endangered, delicate bird species that nests near sand dunes. But Brigantine residents adore the foxes and are angry at the state Department of Environmental Protection for trapping and shooting them. They say they don’t want the birds harmed, either.

Now the city government has entered this beach brawl, hoping for an amicable resolution in this Atlantic County community of 9,000 residents …

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