Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Little Red Fox in our Neighborhood


Interesting, last week my neighbor, to my right, saw what she thought was a coyote.  Then my husband saw the "dog" running through the neighbor's yard to our left, triggering the motion sensors, and concluded that it was a fox, because of it's black markings.  A couple days later pass, and my other neighbor says "it's in my backyard".  Thus, the fox has a den somewhere close in an area probably not too far from here.  Fox breed in the summer months and have a regular litter of pups like a domestic dog, and start to move on their own towards the end of fall.

Some days later, around dusk, my husband and I heard a cat crying in pain.  I get the flash light and move towards the noise, and it's the red fox on my neighbors front yard howling in the air.  Was he signaling and vocalizing to a mate?  She/he saw me coming with the light and quickly took off running. 

She/he was gorgeous.  I've only seen one red fox that lived at a sanctuary; never in the wild.  Red foxes are solitary hunters who feed on rodents, rabbits, birds, and other small game—but their diet can be as flexible as their home habitat. Foxes will eat fruit and vegetables, fish, frogs, and even worms. If living among humans, foxes will opportunistically dine on garbage and pet food National Geographic.  Yes, I left an apple out for him and he scooped that up rather quickly when I went into the house for a minute.  His bark sounds like a small dog, but his howl is really weird like I said before "sounding like an injured cat".

Our fox is actually gray with red highlights throughout his fur.  His markings are on his ears and tail.  He's long and slender moving silently among the leaves.  He stops and looks around and then continues to forage for something to eat.