Then about a week ago, the dogs started having an evening ruckus every night about 9 pm. Oh, I thought, the fox is back.
And sure nuff, he was as I saw him yesterday sitting by his apparently favorite prairie dog hole, patiently waiting for said varmit to pop up and become a meal. I really don't know how many he has caught.
I was glad to see him! I suppose the carcass the dog drug in was probably a relative, perhaps one of his kits.
Red foxes range throughout North America. They are a fairly common sight here on our place. I can absolutely guarantee you the cutest thing you will EVER see is one of these:
|Red Fox kit|
In Wyoming, you are allowed to capture and keep red foxes as pets. I cringe whenever I see one as it was certainly captured as a young kit. They never become very domesticated and most eventually escape to the wild. Hunting is a skill that is learned from their parents. So that escaped fox probably is doomed to a horrible death by starvation. I wish the game and fish would end the practice of allowing them to be kept as pets.
Foxes have been the subject of literature in the US for a long time. Who can forget Uncle Remus and his Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit tales from 1881?
We've really had no other wildlife visits this winter other than our resident 'Brer Fox' and the usual troupes of deer and antelope. We've not seen the elk for quite some time so they must be somewhere else this winter.
The phrase "Wyoming Wildlife - Worth the Watching" is certainly true! One of the great perks of living in the country.