|Reynard the Fox, an old character from |
which the fable "Chanticleerand the Fox"
It sounded just like this: Red fox distress sound
While I don't know what caused the distress, it wasn't linked to the mating season, as that occurs in winter. According to The fox website, an Austrailian site, this is the time of year when the babies are likely still in the den, with both parents feeding them.
|Fox in my garden, courtesy of Photoshop and a |
Wikipedia image. This is where it was sitting.
Scale shows the fox a bit larger than it was.
The best site I've found on foxes is on Wikipedia, which explains that red foxes have few predators in this area, with adult cats often seen as competition rather than prey. Which brings me to Maurice. Maurice is a neutered male cat weighing around 10 lbs. (We know this because we took him to the vet.) He's been coming around for a year and my husband started feeding him. Although we're careful to bring the food dish inside at night, it's done a lot to attract raccoons, and as I now know, foxes.
I remember way back when that it was pretty awesome to see deer in the yard. Now it's a call to action that includes spraying stinky stuff and staying awake nights trying to figure out how to keep them out of the garden. Hopefully it won't become the same with foxes. Their main diet consists of rodents, rabbits and raspberries. Although I have seen all of these in the past month, now that I thnik about it, I haven't seen any lately.
I haven't seen tomatoes, peppers and beans on their list of favorite foods, but that could just be a matter of time.