The Red Fox kits seem to be thriving well in the Minneapolis backyard. The Minneapolis paper ran an article on foxes in urban backyards the same day I published their photos on this blog! Some city residents appreciate seeing “wild” creatures come into their backyards — others abhor nature and shoot foxes, even within the city limits. So sad.
The following set of photos was kindly forwarded by a friend who lives quite near the fox den where we took the first set of pictures, and it illustrates very well why I (and some others) enjoy having foxes patrol the backyard and keep the rodent/rabbit population under control.
As I look out my porch window on the backyard this evening, here is why I miss the foxes in my backyard. We haven’t seen rabbits here for the last few years; either the Great Horned Owls or the foxes were taking care of them. Now I see that the rabbits have quite enjoyed the herb garden, polishing off most of the cilantro and the dill and have now started in on the cardinal flower and other tender shoots in the wildflower garden.