Awesome Day 8 - A Snooty Red Fox in My Neighborhood

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

I live in Bethesda in Montgomery County MD and at least inside the Beltway we are experiencing multiple sightings of red foxes.  It is amazing to me how many people know nothing about foxes - at least a lot of people on the local NextDoor neighborhood app.  There are questions there like -  If you see a fox in the daytime, does that mean that it is rabid?  Should I be afraid of it? Will it hurt a human? Will it hurt an animal? 

For reasons which I can't begin to explain, I have tried to inject a bit of sanity into the discussion.  Foxes are not nocturnal.  If you see it in the daytime, enjoy the view!  No, you don't need to be afraid of it.  It is probably more afraid of you.  If it isn't afraid of you, then you probably need to be cautious.  It is a wild animal.  I wouldn't leave a small dog or a pet rabbit unattended in the back yard.  After all that fox is probably hunting for breakfast, or lunch, or dinner - or maybe a good old fashioned British tea!

I can't think of any natural enemies that fox have around here - other than cars.  We have lots of bunnies and mice - and other creatures - to keep the fox population well fed.  So - it is not a surprise that we have a thriving and healthy fox population.

So - where is this going?  We have a beautiful fox in our neighborhood.  I have seen it several times as I walk my poodle, Arthur.  The fox ignores us and cuts through back yards.  I turn away from the fox, dragging Arthur along as he barks at the fox.  We walk in a different direction - and see the fox again! He is a very confident and fearless fox. 

Last night, we could hear the fox in our side yard - calling to the other foxes in the neighborhood.  Maybe there was a fox rumble going on and we weren't invited!  Then this morning as Arthur and I walked through the neighborhood watching the sun come up - there went the fox right down the middle of the street.  It is a beautiful creature - a lovely russet color - full bushy tail with a white tip - the fox has a healthy coat and he carries his head well - because he is a confident snooty creature out for a morning stroll. 

Arthur and I went home and then I headed out to a breakfast meeting.  I had only been in the car for about ten minutes and my husband called to tell me that Arthur had sighted the fox from his perch by the front window inside the house.  The fox was strolling right down the middle of our street this time.  Arthur barked. My husband got to see the fox in its full glory - and the fox kept right on going, ignoring everyone.

This fox sighting was a glorious way to start an awesome day.  It really is astonishing how much wildlife is hiding in plain sight in our neighborhoods if we just take the time to watch for it.

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Lise:

What a beautiful photo! We had a fair number of foxes back in New England where we lived, and where my parents lived in PA. It awas always fun to see them, especially when they had pups.

Jeff

Jan 21, 2020 08:06 PM #1
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That red fox is definitely an attractive creature for sure.

Jan 21, 2020 09:02 PM #4
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Morning Lise.

Hopefully he/she is smart enough to avoid the vehicles, they are interesting animals to watch.

Jan 22, 2020 02:23 AM #5
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Hello Lise - moments of awesomeness are abundant especially when we learn to see/understand/admire.

Jan 22, 2020 04:47 AM #6
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Lise... they are beautiful creatures, foxes. I don't think I've ever seen one anywhere that I've lived. I have a feeling my Bingo would be straining to chase after one if he saw one!

Jan 22, 2020 05:01 AM #7
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When I built my last home, I saw a red fox walking through the yard.... we were disrupting his natural habitat....  that fox looked very frightened.... as he should have been!!

Jan 22, 2020 05:23 AM #8
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We have a red fox exploring our property (we see his footprints in the snow) but we haven't seen him/her yet in person. Very cool post!

Jan 22, 2020 05:25 AM #9
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That fox is beautiful and now I know a lot more about them than I did.  I would be wondering if it was dangerous or not.

Jan 22, 2020 06:13 AM #10
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Lise even though I live in a subdivision we have a lot of wild animals running around, however, it has been a long time since we have had any foxes.  When we had them, they were very timid and not bold like the one running around your neighborhood.

Jan 22, 2020 08:32 AM #11
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Lise Howe
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George Souto - I love watching the foxes in our neighborhood - they seem very healthy and frisky - heads up and confident 

Jan 24, 2020 07:41 PM #12
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Lise Howe
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Brian England - I guess you don't have the same kind of foxes that we have on the east coast- different climate

Jan 24, 2020 07:42 PM #13
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Kat Palmiotti - you may hear him/her before you see the fox - they have a very distinctive cry

Jan 24, 2020 07:43 PM #14
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Lise Howe
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Barbara Todaro - I feel so sorry for animals now - they are being forced to live with us humans as we move into their nature habitats

Jan 24, 2020 07:43 PM #15
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Lise Howe
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Nina Hollander - when I walked Arthur this evening - he was barking and pulling at his leash- makes me wonder what he smells and hears that I am missing

Jan 24, 2020 07:44 PM #16
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Lise Howe
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Michael Jacobs - I enjoy discovering lots of things now as I walk Arthur - he notices the squirrels and birds and leaves blowing down the street - he really loves chasing and biting the leaves 

Jan 24, 2020 07:45 PM #17
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