Catalina wild foxes making a comeback |

Catalina wild foxes making a comeback

AVALON, Calif. — Catalina Island’s endangered wild foxes are recovering after disease decimated the population a decade ago.

The population fell to about 100 in 1999 when conservationists launched a recovery program that included vaccinations against canine distemper, aerial monitoring and education programs. The foxes were listed as endangered in 2004, the same year a captive breeding program ended.

There are now about 950 foxes, up from 784 at this time last year. A conservancy officer on the island says the number should soon jump to more than 1,300 foxes.

The island is about 25 miles south of the Los Angeles coast.

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