Lots of animals make an appearance in our little corner of the woods. We routinely have elk, deer, jackrabbits, Abert squirrels, chipmunks, ground squirrels and even had a porcupine or two. We have been visited by black bears, coyotes and a mountain lion.
Lately we have been keeping up with our newest neighbors, the fox family. Now that the kits are out and about, we see them daytime and evening. I’m sure they are out at night, as well. The babies have been learning how to climb trees. There are only two kinds of foxes that climb trees, and these Gray Foxes are one of the two.
Many times a day the crows alert us to the movements of the foxes. Whether crossing our neighbor’s yard, or moving around in ours, the crows chase the foxes and make quite a racket. We live on two and a half acres and the farthest corner of our land is almost inaccessible because it is so rocky. This is where the den is located. For many years, ground squirrels, skunks, and other tunnel-making animals have lived in this old rock quarry. At some point last year, these foxes took up residence.
We didn’t notice them until the kits were old enough to be outside of the den, and the whole family began sitting out in the sun for extended periods of time. Now that we are alerted regularly by the crow alarm, we have been taking time out to sit and watch quietly as they go about their day.