I love watching wildlife, especially when they are right in my own wildlife garden. Some of the wildlife I see on a daily basis, while others only rarely grace my yard with their beautiful presence. For the past several months our friends the Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes) have been missing from the neighborhood. Where they went no one knows, but now they’re back and my neighbors and my family are so happy to see them return. While the foxes were away, the rabbits and voles were multiplying, their predators not around to keep them in check. How I missed seeing their beautiful red fur, their keen eyes, and their focused hunting. Not to mention their daily taunting of my dog Yukon as they run right outside of the invisible fence boundary.
The red foxes in our area are anything but shy, roaming freely from yard to yard, unencumbered by fences, walls or fearful neighbors. Around here, foxes are a welcome sight, their kits playing on yards or in drainage ditches, their road crossings respected by slowing vehicles. They are not feared or hunted, but allowed to make their homes among our own. We are honored to have them in our midst. They do not try to attack our pets, unlike the packs of coyotes who also frequent our yard. When my fox friends are around, the voles in my garden disappear, and I leave areas of brush and woodpiles for them to hunt and hide in. Wouldn’t you like to have a friend like this?
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