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Growing Fox Family

Posted on May 12, 2015

As summer approaches, these little ones will be on the move more and more in order to prepare themselves for life on their own. Red fox kits typically stay with their mothers until they reach about seven months old. During that time, they will develop their hunting skills through playtime, hunting the prey brought back by mom and slowly through their own exploration outside of the safety of their dens to seek and stalk prey species close by. By fall, these young foxes will be on their own and will have to rely on their own hunting skills to get a meal. These little ones living down the street from us have been getting more daring and have been slinking off in the night away from their den to hunt on the nearby hillside. While it’s always exciting to see an adult fox out hunting at night, it’s so much fun to see a cute little kit fumbling through the grass and shrubs attempting to figure out what it’s supposed to be doing.

4 fox kits

Elyse Henshaw
Conservation Technician