Video: ‘Livin’ the Wildlife’ Red Fox

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Sibling rivalry at its best: Fox kits pose for a photo at a den near Evergreen, CO. Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is the largest and most common fox species in Colorado.

Known for its cunning nature and intelligence, the “sly” fox is a skilled predator and scavenger. The fox is also well adapted to live among humans, and it often dens and hunts in urban/suburban areas.

In May, I had the opportunity to spend several hours filming and photographing eight kits at a den near Evergreen. Aside from when the kits were sleeping, there was rarely a dull moment. From wrestling and tackling to chasing each other up steep and rocky terrain, the fox kits displayed sibling rivalry at its best.

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Fox dens are a buzz of activity. Photos by Jerry Neal/CPW

If you live where foxes are present, the activity near a den-site can provide one of the most unique and entertaining wildlife-viewing opportunities in the state. However,  it’s important to take some simple precautions to avoid potentially dangerous encounters.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s website features a wealth of information about foxes and offers tips on how to avoid conflicts with these small, unique canines.

This video provides an intimate look at the antics and activity at a fox den near Evergreen, CO.  

 


Blog post, photos and video by Jerry Neal. Neal is the senior videographer and a media specialist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

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