I don’t know what happened last night, but it sure sounded horrible.
Around 2:00 a.m. I woke to a terrible crying / waling sound. Thought maybe the local gray fox pair had caught a cotton-tail rabbit, except it just continued. I looked outside, and on a rock ledge about 20 feet away I could see the source of the crying – one of the local foxes that we see from time to time, and appears multiple times each night on the game cam near the water hole. On the ground just below the fox was a second fox. A short distance away were two more sets of eye glows, but I was never able to identify these two. Thought they might be two more foxes.
They eventually made there way down the wash and away, but the fox continued to cry loudly.
Was eager to check the game cam this morning. The foxes were on it early in the evening, but never returned – they often grab another drink of water in the early morning but not today. However, along with our regular visitors – hooded and stripped skunks and javelina – for the first time there was a coyote at around 10:00 pm. I sure hope coyotes didn’t attack our fox!
This morning I couldn’t find any sign of anything. Three vultures circled overhead in the canyon, but moved on without dropping in on anything.
I’ll be anxious to check the camera to see if the foxes are still appearing. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to check until Wednesday as we return to Alaska today to re-certify our wilderness first aid training. I’ll keep you posted when we return.