COSTA MESA — Pressured by the governor and hundreds of animal lovers, state wildlife officials agreed Wednesday to move a family of foxes living alongside a new stretch of freeway to the Los Angeles Zoo--only if the animals can be caught safely.
The two adult foxes, one yearling and six pups were found last week in a den they built on an embankment of a new extension of the Costa Mesa Freeway that is expected to open to traffic Tuesday.
State wildlife officials had planned to leave the foxes alone, saying they had lived safely alongside freeways for several years and that the animals should decide for themselves where to move when traffic appears.
Then state Sen. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach) pressured the agency to move them, and Gov. Pete Wilson directed the director of the agency in Sacramento to consider options.