PARK ADVISORY: Double Trouble State Park

Double Trouble State Park has reopened as of 12 p.m. Tuesday, September 6, as there have been no reports or signs of a potentially rabid fox at the park since initial encounters by park visitors eight days ago on Monday, August 29.

It should be noted that animals live only about a week after contracting rabies.

As always, park visitors are encouraged to remain vigilant when hiking on trails. If you encounter an animal on a trail, back slowly away and go back the direction you came. If an animal in a state park is suspected to be rabid, immediately contact the 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337). Animals infected with rabies will display bizarre, sometimes aggressive, behavior with neurologic signs such as circling, wobbly gate, strange vocalizations and seizures.

Anyone with questions or concerns or who may have come into contact with a rabid fox at Double Trouble State Park last week may contact New Jersey State Park Police through the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s hotline at 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337).

media courtesy NJ State Parks