I’ve been getting many reports of Gray Fox sightings by both staff and Guests. I myself have seen a fox on just about a daily basis, sometimes twice, or even three times in one day.
Just the other day I heard one of the fox barking in the woods up behind the Red Wolf Enclosure. A few minutes later it was standing on the path about 30 feet away. I looked at the fox and the fox looked at me. It turned and slowly trotted away.
The fox is obviously used to people. It turns and walks, sometimes runs, away when it spots people walking down the path, but it doesn’t tear away as you might expect.
Later the same day I was standing on the boardwalk talking to one of our Summer Camp Counselors when he spotted a fox in the grass next to the Black Bear Exhibit. This appeared to be a young fox, and very curious. It kept popping in and out of the grass to have a look at us standing on the boardwalk.
Just a reminder, the fox is obviously not fearful of humans but it is still a wild animal. If it pops out of the trees or grass alongside the path as your strolling along, stands and looks at you, don’t approach it. It will probably keep going about its business as soon as it realizes that you’re a person and not an inanimate object in the middle of the path. Oh, and count yourself lucky for having a close encounter with a truly incredible little animal!