17
May
09

Red Fox

Like many things in North America, the Red Fox is not a native species.  English colonialists, wanting to carry on their fox hunting tradition, imported Red Fox from England because American Gray Fox would not play the game properly.  Unlike Red Fox, Gray Fox will run up and hide in trees.  Makes it difficult for forty or fifty men on horses with forty or fifty dogs to chase their quarry if the damn things keep running up a tree.

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Red Fox can now be found throughout North America.  I’ve seen fox in the area where I took this picture before, but being incredibly shy they usually ran away before I could get a picture.

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Red Fox have excellent hearing, and they can hear me long before I see them.

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Yesterday’s high winds made it difficult to get good deer shots because the deer get real jumpy when it’s windy, probably because they can’t hear very well then.  In this case the wind worked in my favor as I was downwind of this fellow as he strolled along a hiking path.  I got this shot and then he saw me and into the thick brush he went.

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