Be on the lookout for
This seems to be the year of the fox. There are two in our neighborhood, and I’ve seen another two out and about. The two in the neighborhood - who may or may not be a pair - are gray foxes. Beautiful, a bit smaller than red foxes, and very interesting.
According to New England Wildlife, by DeGraaf and Yamasaki, this native New England fox is reoccupying much of their former range, generally north of Connecticut. Gray foxes are adept at climbing trees either in pursuit of prey or to escape danger. In Maine, according to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, this fox is usually found in southern and central parts of the state. Gray foxes eat a variety of of prey animals, and will also eat apples, berries, corn and other fruits. They also eat dropped sunflower seeds below bird feeders, allowing alert photographers a chance to take their picture! (Text and photo contributed by Priscilla Seimer)