- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

AVALON, Calif. (AP) - There’s good news for the endangered Catalina Island fox.

An annual survey has found some 1,850 foxes on the island, an increase of about 350 over last year.

The Catalina Island Conservancy released the figures Tuesday.

The fox subspecies is found nowhere else but the island.

Canine distemper virus decimated the population in 1999, leaving only about 100 animals. Conservationists then began a recovery program that included captive breeding and vaccinating the foxes.

The captive breeding ended in 2004 after the fox population tripled.

Since then, the population has shown healthy growth.

In fact, Conservancy President Ann Muscat says it’s one of the fastest recoveries of an endangered species on record.

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