Last night was the first night that I've heard the neighborhood dogs bark endlessly, which they only do when foxes are *in the hood* or there is a burglar somewhere near. We are the ONLY home in the immediate neighborhood without a dog. I swear it's true. We're surrounded by barking dogs of all shapes, breeds, and sizes. Being familiar with most of their *calls of the wild*, I can assure you that their brethren, the foxes, are now into mating season. I've listened to the sounds at night for enough years to know.
Anyhoo, the digging activity in the garden (which was the previous home to many litters of fox
1. The gray fox is monogamous until a mate dies. I know humans that cannot achieve that status.
2. The gray fox mates in late January to early February in West Texas.
3. Gray foxes have litters ranging from 1 - 7 kits.
4. Gray foxes have a gestation period of approximately 53 days.
5. It's a myth that foxes attack household pets, unless they are rabid or sick somehow. They don't like noisy victims so they prefer *Squirrel Tartare* and other rodent delicacies.
6. If everything goes according to Mother Nature, then we should have fox pups *in the hood* this Spring.
Let's keep our fingers crossed and say our prayers that they take up residence again this year....