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Red Foxes Mating

Red Foxes spend much of the year living a solitary life, but come January and February, during their courtship period, males join females.  Nocturnal barking ensues and their pungent urine begins smelling strongly like skunk spray.  Vixens come into heat for 1-6 days during this time and up to a week or two prior to this there is much interaction between a pair, when they often hunt and cover ground together.  Once breeding takes place, they part ways.  In about two months, when their young are born, the parents rejoin each other and raise their young together.   

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3 responses

  1. Alice

    Beautiful photo by Susan! I wonder what Mr Fox does, during the two months before taking on his responsibilities as a dad?

    January 9, 2023 at 9:04 am

  2. What a beautiful photo of a beautiful animal. Will look out to see if I see them (or smell them) during my walks this month.

    January 9, 2023 at 11:22 am

  3. Cheryl McKeough

    Thanks for the reminder about this behavior, Mary. I’ve been hearing the barking, and wondering why my neighbors are letting their dog out at 2 AM : )
    We were lucky enough to witness some of their courting behaviors a few years ago. Such beautiful animals.

    January 15, 2023 at 10:41 am

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