Since there seems to be boardom

I'll post this excerpt from another forum I contribute to.

 I occasionally sleep on the deck in my back yard when it's hot outside. One morning I woke up to see a fox kit still wet with amniotic fluid crawl out from under the deck.

Unbelievably  the grey fox gave birth to three kits under the deck while I was sleeping on it.

A couple of nights later fox mother jumped over me as I was looking up at the stars float by.

Yet another couple of nights later the fox mother came up and nipped at my sandals while I was trying to sleep.When the kits were about 6 weeks old the mother fox nipped at my ear while I was sleeping.
 

That was enough to get me to stop sleeping on the deck. I heard her hunting all night and watched her kits grow up until about a week ago when the fox charged someone one walking a dog that resulted in the sheriff putting out a trap to catch her - thinking that she's rabid.

I know she isn't rabid. The deputy caught one of the kits which spooked the mother fox so she moved herself and the kits on to higher ground.

It was really neat to watch her and the kits play in my yard - even though they broke a lot of potted plants playing around in the yard.

Now she's moved  so I don't see her much anymore. I know she's still around because my cats are still somewhat afraid to go outside.


I was having fun watching them play around and hunt.



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Comment by k.h. ky on August 8, 2014 at 11:47pm
How cute. I'm glad you posted it. There's a red fox that lives close to my daughter's house too.
Makes me wonder why they take up close to people's homes.
Comment by Chris on August 8, 2014 at 11:16pm

I hope that firework shows with don't bother you too much Tom Sarbeck and that no one on the deck was injured during the exchange.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2014 at 4:45pm

I was also glad it was a nice story, not another Faux news dump.

Comment by tom sarbeck on August 7, 2014 at 2:00pm

Thanks, Chris G for educating this city-born-and-raised guy.

I too expected something about Faux News.

The instant I read your "I occasionally sleep on the deck..." I remembered the time long ago that I and other crew members aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer found our sleeping compartment too hot and decided to sleep on deck.

We were at the time shooting five-inch shells at railroad tracks on North Korea's east coast and their fuses were being set to explode near the tracks. We weren't sleeping real well on a large bed made of 100 lb sacks of potatoes, and even five-inch cannon make a lot of noise.

Most shots got away, but on one the fuse setter had screwed up and the shell exploded about fifty feet away from where some of us were trying to sleep. Hearing and seeing that shell explode so close sent all of us back to our hot compartment.

Comment by Chris on August 7, 2014 at 1:23pm

"Thanks for sharing that! (It was also a relief to click over and find that this blog post was about the animal, not the fake "news" network!)"

That would be Faux vs Fox wouldn't it?

Comment by Chris on August 7, 2014 at 1:08pm

I think I just heard her hunting in the neighbors yard.

Here's something I posted on another web site

There is a grey fox living in the neighborhood who is raising three kits. The kits will nurse for about four months. They are only about two months old now. They will follow her mother around for about a year to learn how to hunt and survive.

Fox are a beneficial predator as they kill mice and rats.

It may be difficult to believe, but the plague virus still occurs in the Western U.S.
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/plague/train...
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/plague/train...

She is probably in the neighborhood because of the drought and the expansion of residences in the area along with people leaving pet food outside.

Don't put pet food outside!

Give her space and she will do us a service by catching and killing the flea vectors.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 7, 2014 at 1:01pm

Thanks for sharing that! (It was also a relief to click over and find that this blog post was about the animal, not the fake "news" network!)

I hope your cats regain confidence in going outside sooner rather than later.

Comment by Chris on August 7, 2014 at 12:51pm

It took humans what 20,000 years to breed dogs and 3,000 years to tame cats.

I've read some interesting articles about how quickly skunks, or other animals can be 'housebroken' for lack of a better term.

Comment by Chris on August 7, 2014 at 12:37pm

he fox gave birth under my deck while I was sleeping on it. The kits played underneath it for about six weeks. The fox wasn't afraid of me, or protecting her kits when she approached me. If she was worried about me then she wouldn't have made a den under my deck while I was sleeping on it in the first place.

Maybe she was hoping that as I slept on the deck I would become a meal for her and her kits. She was really more playful than anything else.

My garage is built into a hill. The mother would stand on the front of the peak of my garage roof looking for mice and rats. Occasionally I'd see one of her kits following her to learn how to hunt.

I was surprised how many mice and rats she was able to catch. Perhaps the acorns are feeding the mice and rat population, or neighbors are putting pet food out. I heard and saw the fox catch a lot of mice and rats.

The trapper was attempting to catch the mother fox because it was thought to be rabid when it (false) rushed the dog. The trapper came by every couple of hours to check the trap and caught one of the kits who he released.  He said that if he didn't catch the mother in a couple of days than she was too smart to be trapped and was probably healthy.  So she and her three kits are still roaming around, just not denning under my deck anymore.

I didn't hear about the trapper, or talk to him until after the trap was taken away.

My cats are skiddish about going outside. One of them disappeared for three and a half days. I was really worried that the fox killed her, but she finally returned home.  My cats are asking me to go outside with them.  My cats are driving me nuts meowing to go outside. They want me to go outside and hang out with them (for protection). One of the cats I have is pretty brave and has been hanging outside the entire time the foxes were living here. I have three cats.

Comment by Luara on August 7, 2014 at 12:24pm

"Domesticated" means that they have been bred for many generations, for traits that make them suitable pets.  Much better pets than a tame wild animal. 

Do you know what happened to the kit that was caught?  That's pretty sad. 

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