|With short legs, flexible forearms, and recurved claws, gray foxes readily climb trees.|
First evidence of their presence was fruit-packed and therefore crumbly scat on the roads approaching the Dipper farmyard and then in the yard and beneath the persimmon tree itself.
|Fox scat in the fall - 3/8 - 3/4" wide and crumbly with lots of seeds and skin from fruit.|
|First recorded visit of the fox on September 27.|
|On October 26, a fox checks out the remains of a persimmon - just the cap - on the ground beneath the tree.|
|And keeps searching for fruit for twenty minutes.|
|But wait, there are two foxes. Gray foxes are often in pairs or small family groups.|
|A doe and a fawn tugging over persimmon leaves. Deer are also fond of persimmon fruit and may clean up any fallen fruit during the day. What's a nocturnal fox to do?|
|It's a wonder this raccoon is eating a green persimmon. People shouldn't eat unripe persimmons to avoid the dry mouth sensation from the tannins in the green fruit and possible a persimmon bezoar. A bezoar is a insoluble mass that may form in the stomach and they have been occasionally reported for humans with compromised digestive systems (e.g. diabetes) who ate large amounts of unripe persimmons.|
|Gray fox ascending the tree on November 2.|
|A few minutes later the gray fox descends the tree. Elbroch in his animal behavior book describes gray foxes as either descending headfirst at a run or creeping down tail first. This looks like the former.|
|A few nights later on November 4, a fox climbs the persimmon tree again.|
|And twenty minutes later a second fox leaps into the tree.|
|Showing off its brushy tail and agility.|
Common gray fox, Urocyon cinereoargenteus
Columbian black-tailed deer, Odocoileus hemioanus columbianus
Raccoon, Procyon lotor
Coyote, Canis latrans
Mark Elbroch and Kurt Rinehart. Behavior of North American Mammals. Peterson Reference Guide Series. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2011.
Mark Elbroch. Mammal Tracks and Signs. Stackpole Books. 2003.
George A. Feldhamer, Bruce C. Thompson, Joseph A. Chapman, editors. Wild Mammals of North America: Biology, Management, and Conservation. 2nd edition. John Hopkins University Press. 2003.