Heading home last night, I took one more look into the darkness for any movement. Just 10 feet away, the gray fox had his head deep in a hole that he was vigorously digging in the snow. Every few seconds he paused to look around, scanning every direction except toward the cabin before becoming vulnerable halfway into the hole. He hadn’t noticed me in the window. I wondered if I had time to go upstairs and grab the camera. When I got back downstairs, he was still at work. I quietly braced the camera against the window for an ID shot, but it was too dark for the camera to focus. Then he looked directly at me, perfectly still. There was enough detail in his face for the camera to focus, and he was still enough for a sharp picture despite the slow shutter speed, and the camera brightened it enough to be better than expected.
I hope he and the bobcat and the red fox all keep coming.
Thank you for all you do,
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center