The Township Committee unanimously passed an ordinance that bans the trapping of foxes and coyotes. These creatures eat the white-footed mouse a major carrier of the ticks that in turn carry Lyme disease. Lyme disease is prevalent in NJ and especially in Morris County, likely because of the large natural parks – Great Swamp, Jockey Hollow, etc.
The Harding Township Health Department recommended to the TC that it take action to stop trapping of the fox and coyotes. Ordinance was drafted recently after public discussion in November. The final draft was introduced at the December meeting. Public comments ran 8 to 3 in favor of the ordinance and the ordinance passed unanimously.