Hajna avoided questions about whether the department has tried to relocate the foxes to another area to see if it would be a successful alternative to shooting them. “In general, it’s not a good idea to place an animal in an environment it is not accustomed to,” he said.
He also added that foxes can carry diseases such as rabies — but no cases of the disease among the foxes has ever been reported on the island.
"Fox prey on these birds and prey on their eggs,” Hajna said. “They are a threat to these endangered species. We want humane control. So, the fox is trapped and euthanized by a gun.”