February 25, 2018
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Foxy doings in Sunkhaze refuge

By Dave Small, Special to the BDN

Christmas Eve Day found me with a gap in my to-do list, so I packed up some stuff and headed to Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge for a quick hike on the Oak Point Trail.

Shortly after passing the Carter Meadows Road and trail, I became aware of something trotting down the road, coming in my direction. As I moved my Jeep to the side of the road, a red fox became distinguishable and it was on the hunt. During the next 20 minutes or so, in the eight degree temperature, this yearling fox allowed me to photograph it, seemingly undisturbed … what a gift of nature and an early Christmas present!

I’ll let the images tell the rest of the story, but if you don’t care to see wild animals eating other wild animals, stop looking before the mouse does his disappearing act. It’s tough, but it’s survival.


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