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Friday, March 13, 2009

Red Fox in Black Boots

We've seen this red fox in the backyard two evenings this week. The first time it was running one of the cats across the yard until it found some cat feed and it stopped to eat that. It was right before dark. It saw us watching it through the kitchen window and didn't run.

I wondered where Sammidog was and went to the door to see. He was laying on the porch with his feet dangling off the edge watching the fox. The fox didn't move until I stepped out on the porch and yelled at it. It ran through the fence and up through the pasture.

Of course, as soon as it started running away Sammidog took out after it like he was going to eat it up. He stayed on this side of the fence though. :)

Click on to enlarge --See his black boots

Yesterday evening it came back a little earlier and I managed to snap a couple of photos through the window over the sink. Sammidog was on the porch and the cats were all hiding. The fox was looking for something to eat as it ran back and forth on the little bank behind the house. All of a sudden it started toward the porch.

I made a racket trying to get a closer shot of it through the window (below) and it turned and ran back across the yard with Sammidog giving chase. It is so beautiful, but dangerous, not only to our animals, but to us. Sadly, we will have to do something about it. It's the first fox we've seen in a long time, and it's much larger than the others. I love animals and I always want to make a pet out of everything that wanders into the yard, but that's not a good idea most of the time.

I started to delete the above photo, but when I adjusted it some and enlarged it, it looked kind of dreamy looking, and I liked it, so I'm keeping it. :)

Sammidog and the cats were all acting hyper-alert this morning, and Sammidog was whining and carrying on, so the fox is probably still around close. Jim thinks it may have a den in the hayfield next to the house. He's seen a den that something is using. We'll see.

Sorry about the picture quality, but I had to take them through the dirty window over my sink. Didn't have time to clean it first. :)

Have a great weekend!


Rowena said...

Are you going to draw the fox? I've never seen a real live fox in the wild.

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Carolyn said... you think he'll hurt the cats. Sounds like Sammidog is gonna leave him alone unless you come out...and then he wants you to see how "brave" he is...LOL!

My sister says a coyote has been out in their back field...but the other morning while we were talking on the phone, the coyote came right up close to her son's house who lives across the field from her. Her son's cats were out there and she was afraid he was kill the they shot up in the air and the coyote lit out of there like a "streak of lightning"!

My sister has a little small dog and she's afraid now to let her little dog out when she's not out there. No one has ever told that little dog that she's "little"... so she'd probably take off after the coyote wanting to play with it.

Danielle Combs said...

I've seen several fox in these past few months. I don't think people understand what development does to the natural habitats and feeding/hunting grounds of creatures like this and coyotes. Then people get indignant when some wildlife wanders into their "space". I wonder what the fox would say to us if he could speak.

Also, everytime I see a fox I am reminded of the stuffed and mounted fox that my Grandpa use to have when I was small. That thing was so dang creepy.

I also like your "dreamy" photo.