Every now and then I catch a fleeting glimpse of the red fox, but the animal always seems to be on the move — fast. After the last snowfall, I found what I think are fox footprints crossing and mingling with the deer tracks. There are plenty of dogs (and their humans) walking about in the wetland part of the backyard, but their tracks are pretty far from these I found on the steepest part of the hillside.
Fox footprints are rather distinctive (from dog) in that the hind pad of the fox foot is very thin and somewhat crescent shaped, while it is thicker and pyramid-shaped in the dog, coyote, and wolf.
I followed the tracks up to the top of the hill where there was a large pile of brush and what looked like fresh dirt out in front.
I didn’t want to disturb this site, if this is, in fact, the den, but I might put the game camera up near here.
I put out some bait (hot dog) along the side of the trail, in the hope that I might “train” the fox to a particular area where I’ll put up the game camera.