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 Chris on September 15, 2014 at 4:58pm

"There are domesticated foxes

The one in the video is acting very doglike. 

I love foxes."

That's an interesting article Luara.

Here in the U.S. some animal rights people protest using animal skins for clothing.

I think it's a terrible idea to try to tame wildlife. Of course it natural for us to tame and control the genome of wildlife and the wilderness.

I've heard terrible stories of bears held in captivity.

I know pelts still bring high dollars.

I don't have a problem with private zoo's - and have seen some caretakers who do a good job of managing wildlife.

Ultimately though wildlife needs wilderness to survive.

I saw one of the Fox kits about a week ago.

Comment by Chris on August 10, 2014 at 1:18am

We need to learn how to get along with wildlife better - including the predators that keep the deer in check.

You can't relocate them - there isn't room.

The best solution may be to just enjoy them.

Sometimes there needs to be a cull to the deer population since they don't have enough natural predators.

Ever eaten deer meat?  It's delicious.

Archers are a better way to do it than shooters.

Comment by Michael Penn on August 9, 2014 at 10:43pm

It's true that there is not enough space for the animals any more. In St. Louis, Mo. the deer are so thick that during the hunting season they panic and end up hit by cars trying to cross major freeways. Last year I saw 3 or 4 of them like that just laying there dead. You have to watch for the live ones also. This all starts around the Fenton area and other suburbs where residents complain about deer in their back yards. The wise public officials wanted to bring in archers to kill all the deer. With little children and other people around I'm wondering how that is going to work. I think they need to relocate the deer.

Comment by Freethinker31 on August 9, 2014 at 8:18pm

@ Chris G......You got it right  by saying  there is not enough open space for the wild  animals.  In Virginia, the deer population is exploding and the state is  building  more homes all the time..So the deer are found roaming  into the humans  back yards  more and more...I live in Fairfax County and  we were notified  that  the deer herd  will be  culled  soon....It is sad but  it is now  a them or us situation  and of course  the humans  always  win........

Comment by Chris on August 9, 2014 at 8:12pm

I was at a friends house for a BBQ and his cat was playing (perhaps fighting) with a skunk. We all started yelling and the skunk finally ran off. The cat was unhurt.

Comment by Chris on August 9, 2014 at 7:55pm

k.h. ky

Foxes and other wildlife take up residence in neighborhoods because that's where the easy meals are. Rats and mice are abundant from the detritus, maybe litter would be a better word. 

I'd guess that people leaving pet food outside is the biggest draw. The drought of course is forcing wildlife in to residential neighborhoods in search of water.

 There have been quite a few problems with bears in some areas. Fortunately there has been some good work designing trash cans that are bear proof.

I've heard that wild pigs are a problem in some areas. 

Probably the biggest problem is that humans are occupying so much territory that there just isn't enough open space for wildlife any more.

Comment by Chris on August 9, 2014 at 7:39pm

The Forrestal fire was terrible. The USS Iowa turret explosion was tragic too. A fire on a ship, or boat at sea is very dangerous.  It's good that the one shell didn't start a chain reaction. Tom Sarbeck

Comment by tom sarbeck on August 9, 2014 at 12:27am

Thanx, Chris G. No one was injured but no one wanted to gamble.

Our going below was an act of faith; the lack of armor on destroyers earns them the name "tin cans".

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.


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