We talked with game warden this morning about a gray fox that has been hanging around our house the last 2 days.
My brother told me that yesterday after I left with Aaliyah for our visit to her breeder, it was right near the car in front of the house when he was outside with Ruby & Brando in the dog pen. He walked toward it and it moved away. He made a noise and the fox ran off to the stone wall but kept peeking his head out watching. My brother said that up close (he got within 20ft of it), the thing is beautiful and doesn't show any sign of bad health.
We didn't see it last night but this morning when I took the kids out to the pen, they were running like crazy and looking in back so I knew it was around. Sure enough, Ruby & Brando stopped running and went up on the steps…I went to the steps and there it was...it ran behind the shed and the garage.
So according to the game warden...it is a young fox that has either received the boot from his mother because she had new kits or else something happened to his mother and he is now on his own. He is here because he is confused as he's never been on his own and because he's never seen humans he is wary but not totally afraid of us. And the reason he is hanging around...he thinks the kids are foxes and wants to join their pack :D:D:D...he isn't a danger to them, he's just curious about them.
Anyway, the warden said for us just to make noise when we see him and he will eventually move on. And he said that it won't come near us when we walk at 4:30am...the only time it would is if it was sick, but we would know that by now because it would be lying around the yard or would have charged my brother when he came toward it. Also, gray foxes are less likely to have rabies...but they can climb trees! He said we can kill it if we want, but in a couple of days it should move on. We're going to set off the car alarm everytime we see it now...that should do the trick. I'd hate to kill it only because it is amazing looking.
So it looks like I don't need another basenji right away, we have a fox joining the pack! Ha, ha.