A Crafty Canid and Sibling Sciurids

Finally, a Gray Fox! On May 15, as I was walking down the path from Catch the Wind towards the Wetlands, a beautiful Gray Fox came down out of the brush from the direction of the Lemur House, trotted across the pavement and up into the woods on the other side of the path. I was struck by its appearance — it seemed to be very healthy and fit, its coat in excellent shape. Most of the Gray Foxes many of us see are DOR (Dead on Road), but I see a fair amount of them scooting across roads, slipping through the tall grass into underbrush, or slinking through my yard. They usually appear to be a bit bedraggled, perhaps because they always seem to be in a hurry, looking back over their shoulders as if something were chasing them. On this day, although the fox did look back over its shoulder (twice, in fact), it seemed to be very “neat and clean” and in control. It’s always a good day when you see a fox.

Look for Groundhog babies around the Bird Feeder Exhibit in Catch the Wind. I’ve not seem them myself but have had numerous reports from others that there are two or three young Groundhogs in the area.

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