With at least one snowy owl currently in Island Beach State Park, a non-profit organization warns visitors to respect wildlife from a distance.
In a Facebook post, The Friends of Island Beach State Park says photographers seeking the elusive bird must stay out of the the park’s dune systems.
“There is a fine of up to $1,500 for anyone disturbing or harassing the wildlife,” the post says. “If you are fortunate to see one, stay far back from it so as not to stress it out.”
Bukowski noted that dune maintenance is an ongoing task.
“Users must be reminded that dune management is a painstaking process supported by thousands of volunteer hours and donations of vegetation and fencing provided by many supporting organizations, particularly the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association and The Friends of Island Beach State Park,” he stressed.
The Friends of Island Beach State Park says hundreds of volunteers planted dune grass this year in an effort to stabilize the park’s extensive protective system.