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I've lived in this neighborhood on the west edge of the Kansas City suburbs for seventeen years. Every few years we have a pair of foxes show up for a while, then they disappear for a year or more. I can't remember for sure, but I think it's generally in the spring. They always hang out in one particular storm drain about three houses down from me. 

A couple weeks ago I noticed a neighbor driving really slowly and looking at something in a yard one evening, and I wondered if they were back. Within a couple days I saw two of them hanging out at the storm drain early one morning. They dove inside when I stopped my car, but I could see them peeking out at me. Pretty cool. 

A couple days later I looked out the window and saw one across the street. I was going to let my dogs out, and figured he would run off at the sight of the dogs. I've got an Invisible Fence, so I wasn't too worried about my dogs running off. Well, when I opened the front door, the other one darted out of the courtyard and on up the street the opposite direction from the other fox. I wouldn't have let the dogs out if I knew there was one just outside the door. The fence worked and my dogs stopped, but it was a little worrisome. Then the first fox came across the street towards my dogs, and they went bonkers. I was really surprised he didn't hightail it, but I could tell he was wondering about his partner. He stayed just outside the yard pacing back and forth, barking an odd little bark. I called the dogs in and watched from the window. He came right up into the yard searching around the courtyard. He stared right at me watching him. I tried to get a pic but it didn't come out very good. 

One morning I let the dogs out back. I've got a fenced yard, but also Invisible Fence to keep the dogs out of the gardens. The dogs were going berserk barking at this one area with a large spruce tree. They often do that, because there are rabbits around. But, they were more animated than usual so I called them in. A fox scampered across the yard to a gap in the fence. So, I fixed the gap in the fence. 😄

One morning I saw one of them laying on the curb by the drain, licking himself like a cat. Another evening I saw one run across the street with a small animal in its mouth. I've found the guts of a couple birds in the yard, and a big ball of rabbit fur. The neighbor kid said they've found a bunch of carnage in their yard too. 

Over the last few weeks, these guys have gotten a lot less jumpy. Last night I stopped the car and just watched one snoozing at the curb for a few minutes. I kept making noise trying to get him to look up so I could get a better picture, but he was surprisingly calm. 

Anyhoo, it's been kinda fun having them around. No idea how long they'll stay. They've been kinda hard to photograph. A few pics, all from the car:

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Theyre not always at the drain, but they're comfortable there and easier to photograph. I may get my camera out one of these night and try to get some better shots. 

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I live in the burbs and we have them too.  Guy down the street has them living under his front porch.  They run all over and I almost hit one on my bike around noon one day.  

I put out a game camera a few months ago and my backyard is a deer beding area about once  a week.  Had 6 in one picture.  They are hard on our flowers.  Opossum, fox, coons, dogs cats deer rabbits squirrels and kids cutting through at night.  Had a coyote out there the other night howling it up at the neighbors two little lap dogs.  Could not run the thing off and it kept it up for 3 hours.

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  That is really neat John,

   If we had not been visiting about this by text the other day I would of thought you were talking about the pretty girls in the neighborhood. Get yourself a predator mouth blown call, hide in your bushes and give it  squeal. Have camera ready. I bet they will literally run you over. Better yet have your g-friend the school marm take the pictures for us all to enjoy :) 

  IT WOULD BE EPIC 

   Better yet catch one in a dip net  DOUBLE EPIC

  BilletHead

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I had a friend with a paper route and we had plans to go fishing one morning so we could get on the lake before light, I helped him roll and toss papers that morning, I was amazed at what I saw, foxes, huge coons, even a coyote...since I trapped I was like :o........he said that the old ladies put out cat food on the porches and drew them in....he saw a owl get a cat on his route......where there is an easy meal critters will be there to get it

 

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I haven't seen both foxes at the same time for a few weeks. Don't know if we're down to one or what. Haven't had any carrion in the yard lately. Hadn't  seen either for about a week, and was beginning to wonder if they had move on to greener subdivisions, but saw one tonight. 

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Plenty of wildlife inside the 270 loop in STL County. Ladue is stinking with deer and turkey. Don't see many deer in Webster, but a couple times a year. Foxes, coons, possums, owls, and hawks are common. See lots of bats when we have the pool lit up at night. Used to have a den of foxes in my backyard in Crestwood. Neighborhood Association jackwagon's were all worried about the foxes and wanted them gone,but I really enjoyed watching them in the back. They liked to hang around the storm sewer 2 houses down for some reason, but the den was in/under a 60' spruce tree in my yard.

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Up at the resort that we go to in Canada one year there was a fox hanging around.  One night after a few barley pops I said I was going to go feed the fox.  Everyone gathered around on the deck to watch the drunk guy.  I took some lunchmeat from the fridge with me.  He was tentative but did come up and take it right out of my hand.  Probably not the smartest thing I have ever done but it was cool at the time.  Pics aren't very good because it was pitch dark so the cameraman couldn't see it well and the auto-focus had trouble in the dark on a flash pic.

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