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Red Fox Encounter

Posted on Dec 7, 2014

I recently encountered an old friend in the form of a Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) at a known site that has a den and an annual family. I was unexpectedly thrust into the role of being the stalker instead of the sly fox. Even that is not a very accurate description as I stopped moving when I spotted it, knowing that it would detect me if I continued my progress. It was busy hunting, likely for small mammals, right along the earth in these grasslands. It took a couple of snaps of my shutter for it to turn around, see me, and then flee, all recorded below.

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This is what most mammalian predators, that people often harbor unjustified fears against, do when encountering a human, even in their own wild backyard. They do not want to be seen nor have anything to do with you. Occasionally I have come upon a Red Fox that is a bit more tame than this, going about their business at a distance or, once in a while, following me until I noticed them. They are inquisitive, just as we are, but they still do not want to have to come in to any close quarters situation with a massive human predator. Please do your best to always remember to give them and all wild mammals space and respect and they will do the same for you. What a beautiful creature!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator