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“Hi, Puppy!”

My standard greeting for a new dog I encounter is to hold out my hand and say, “Hi, Puppy!”  I do not know if the dogs like that greeting or not.  At least I have not been bitten yet.

I was walking around the neighborhood the other day and saw a pretty red dog watching me from someone’s backyard.  I think he wanted to come out and play:

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That was a good-looking dog, wonder where I could get one?

OK, yes, there is more to the story. . . .

Even though I live in Lincoln it is not unusual to spot foxes and even coyotes.  Those sightings can send some city-slickers into a panic, but my family and I always keep our eyes open for all urban wildlife and especially furry predators.

In past springs we have spotted fox pups at a den not far from our house, so we are particularly on the look for foxes during the spring.

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The “rest of the story” is that I spotted a couple of adult foxes not far from our home one afternoon, and watched as they trotted into a backyard.  Cruising through the neighborhood, I looked alongside a house and spotted a couple, three fox pups frolicking in someone’s backyard under the watchful eyes of the fox parents.  Of course when I returned with the camera, the pups never showed themselves again, but I captured one of the adults standing guard.

If you see me creeping around the neighborhood, don’t worry, I am just looking for foxes.

I wonder if the homeowner even knew they had a family of foxes in their backyard?

There was one other night early this spring when I was awakened by the sound of foxes barking outside.  At least they were close enough to my place that I could hear them!

Actually, there is a very healthy population of red fox in Lincoln city limits, Urban Foxes.  We sure have enough squirrels and rabbits for them to eat!

It makes my day anytime I spot wildlife like red fox near home.  After spotting the backyard fox, we frequently saw the adults in our neighborhood for a week or two, but not much after that.  Once the pups get old enough, I believe they are on the move quite often.  I am sure we will see them, or hear them, again one of these days!

Have a great weekend everyone!  Make sure to spend some time hunting or fishing this weekend, but even if you do not get outta town, keep your eyes peeled!

About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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