Ray Bonnell's art and ramblings in Interior Alaska
Friday, February 22, 2013
Fox tracks in the snow
I followed fox tracks through the fresh snow for probably 45 minutes yesterday morning. The fox had obviously been hunting and its tracks crisscrossed the woods behind my house, weaving back and forth over about an acre of open birch and spruce. I could see where it occasionally stopped to dig for voles in the snow (those photos didn't turn out). I even found where the fox stopped to take a pee.
The fox exhibited some interesting behavior (at least in my opinion). It never crossed the snow hollows at the base of spruce trees, always walking around--sometimes making almost a complete circuit. Perhaps it was checking the shallow space at the bottom of the hollows for voles. The fox also entered and exited this particular little clump of woods at the same spot. It is probably part of its routine.