I saw a small grey fox with a bushy tale on the nature trail the other morning. Must have been about a foot and a half tall. I’ve seen slightly bigger red foxes several times in the last months. Sometimes they trot around our neighborhood. The Coyotes are also flourishing here in the middle of Austin.
Though they’re tough, the Coon tribes who come to visit at night to eat dog food are very wary of the Coyote tribe.. Three nights this week a coon has been trapped on the greenbelt by a joyous band of coyotes with much barking and celebration from the coyotes and much screaming from the coon resisting her impending death.
One question I have is do the Coyotes go after the foxes? They’re much bigger and it seems like they can run through the underbrush equally well? “Smart as a fox” may be true so maybe they are great at avoiding coyotes?
I know the Raccoons constantly sniff the air on the alert for coyotes. The Raccoons seem to like me around at night because the coyotes avoid my yard when I’m outside. Go inside for a few minutes and the Coons disappear to their limestone crevice hideouts in the Greenbelt. So I’m a bit surprised at the foxes’ eco-niche alongside the coyotes. The coyotes travel in packs and I think foxes are in family units or ambling around alone. Lone foxes would seem vulnerable?
There are more red foxes around. They’re a bit bigger than the grey foxes who notably are only one of two canids (The other is the raccoon dog of Asia) who can climb trees! Grey foxes sometimes make their dens in hollow trees 30 feet above the ground. Red foxes are more common in North America now because they adapt well to humans and are often mistaken for small dogs. They are often fed by humans because they’re “cute”.
Coyotes are a different species and twice as big. Anyone out there know any real information about coyotes and foxes coexistence?
My dog Millie loves the foxes because she can go bolting out the door barking fiercely and the foxes scram. If Millie smells the coyotes she also barks like crazy…but from the safety of the house. She’s smart enough not to rush into the woods to confront a group of coyotes.
Wait! Don’t take this to mean I am ANTI COYOTE. I think it’s fascinating how coyotes can live among us scavenging enough to survive. Then too, the coyotes have interbred with amorous dogs so they are headed toward becoming domesticated hybrids: “COYDOGS”… By the way there’s a great YouTube video of “Coywolfs”. As wolfs were murdered in Appalachia the scattered remnants bred with coyotes. There’s good footage of a coywolf trotting through the Brooklyn cemetery and none of the mourners notice.
I don’t know of Foxes mating with small dogs? It might not be genetically possible? Anyone know of a fox-dog hybrid?