Urban gray fox

This fox was hanging around the parking lot at my doctor’s office yesterday.  There’s something spooky about a wild animal that doesn’t have an appropriate level of wariness around humans.  The fox stared at us for a long time (somewhat balefully, I felt 🙂 ), then turned to slink/trot unconcernedly across the parking lot.

gray and red fox with face mask

The only other foxes I’ve ever seen have been a) completely red and b) at least twice as large as this one, which was about the size of a medium-small dog.  I thought at first it was a raccoon because of its gray coloring and the mask across its face.  Then maybe a coyote.  But the tail gave it away.

P.S. – Yes, I did take this picture yesterday.  December 22.  I’m thinking we’re probably not in for much of a white Christmas this year, although a snow-rain mix is in the forecast for tomorrow, Christmas Eve.


About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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