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.
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.