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We have seen red foxes increase in numbers also, unfortunately coyotes too. In the arrowhead region there are a large number of red foxes which considering the habit is mainly forest is a bit surprising it used to be grey fox habit. Very few coyotes there but the wolves are out of control and the two do not coexist well.

 

Hunting grouse in the fall always makes me a little nervous with the Toller. The Nova Scotia Duck Toller was breed to look like a red fox and mine does even to the white tip on the tail. To me there is a world of difference but to many others that are not used to seeing foxes....

 

 

Come November the open prairie of South Dakota makes me feel much safer with him in the field chasing pheasants.

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Were they red or gray foxes? Red foxes were quite common in my neighborhood in East Long Beach about 13 years ago but rather quickly vanished. My first thought was that the city surreptitiously exterminated them because they were exotics (descended from escaped or released pets) and are a terrible threat to the abundant bird life of the area. I now more inclined to believe they were wiped out by the coyotes.

Gray. We have a ton of them up here. Our cattle dog isn't phased by anything smaller than a lamb, so it took him a long while to notice.
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^In much of the country, wildlife is much more abundant than formerly, for various reasons.
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^In much of the country, wildlife is much more abundant than formerly, for various reasons.

People used to feed a lot more on the land as a necessity..

My uncle used to poach a lot...

Trouts, rabbits, pheasants and many other things..

That was that or close to nothing to eat..
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A few pictures from the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness Area in February of this year. No motor vehicles allowed including snowmobiles so dogsled team is a good way to get around. No bugs that time of year either...

 

The deer are not used to seeing people and while are not tame, they are curious about humans more times than not. This guy was looking in the window of the cabin and just as I grabbed the camera to take a picture the dog jumped up to see what I was looking at. They stared at each other for a few seconds then all hell broke loose.

 

That much snow and cold is rough on the deer though. A lone wolf took one down outside the cabin just after dark one night. 

 

The pack showed up around 2:30AM to help finish it off. -32 F for 20 min. was enough for both me and the camera though. No need for me to post pictures of that but was interesting to me that I noticed for the first time wolves eat starting from the belly where as coyotes and foxes start at the anal cavity. Wolves may have been the beginning of the dog as we know it today but there is still a big difference between them and the rest of the canines.

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Not having a chicken coop all foxes are safe from me.

I know I've said it before, but the Toller is a cool dog.

lefty
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