It would appear that our “foxy friends” have established themselves quite well in our part of town. We often see one of them taking an imminent meal back somewhere, to either be shared with its family … or perhaps it will be eating alone? There is certainly a noticeable reduction in our squirrel population.
One evening last week, I went out into our back garden and disturbed two foxes. They quickly ran behind our garden shed and, I assumed, would exit through the fence and into the neighbor’s garden, but I had to check. Behind the shed were no foxes, but there was a very dead and very intact squirrel!
Assuming I must have disturbed them just as they were planning dinner, I thought courtesy should dictate that I leave things alone and just return to the house. I made a “mental note” however, that I must check behind the shed the following morning before I let Ray out. The next morning, behind the shed was quite clear. They had presumably returned and taken the squirrel.
A few days ago, it was time to do a quick check of the garden before I let Ray out for his morning “needs”. At the back of the garden, and on a path way (so in full view), was a tail and a head of a squirrel. One must assume that our garden was, once again, their choice of dining area.
Yesterday, I was helping our neighbor replace his fence. The neighbor had to go to the store, so I carried on with the fence work. A few minutes later, I happened to turn around and there sitting quite happily on the ground, about 15 – 20ft away was a very relaxed fox clearly having a snack.
The fox left about 5 minutes later, and there was some debris on the ground which had to be investigated (my curiousity). There was one wing, and a birds head!
Our neighbors are talking about similar experiences which includes rabbits and small rodents, so it would seem that the “climate” in our area has changed significantly. We have always had isolated sightings of coyotes in the past, and regularly see hawks looking for food, but this large fox family is really changing the dynamics around here. Mother Nature will no doubt resolve things in her own way but, in the meantime, I would not want to be a rodent, or other small creature, living around here!
“Hey …. Colin. What’s with these foxes around here? They’re eating my food!”