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Red Fox Kits Dispersing

red foxes IMG_4515Remember the playful, carefree red fox kits that were born this past spring? Roughly seven months have gone by, and they are ready to venture out on their own. The males leave earlier than the females and travel farther (as far as 150 miles away), being less tolerated by their father. The young foxes will frequently invade the territories of other established foxes and get chased out. Eventually they will either take over another fox´s range or find an unoccupied area of their own. The females usually stay close to their birth place. In some cases one or more female kits will remain with their parents for a year. These “helper vixens” assist in the rearing of their younger siblings by capturing prey for them. Kits born this past spring will be fully grown and ready to mate this coming winter.

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