Ahhh - that must be the problem. Guess I'll be picture-less then. Am not a Facebook member, nor will I ever be.
Bacardi, I only have a facebook account so I can look at pictures my friends post - other than that I'm pretty much a lurker. (And you don't have to post anything personal about yourself. I think I admitted to being married after more than a year of membership. lol)
The sapling was soooo narrow/small/young. Plenty tall but it was as if the fox would bend it with his weight! They must weigh like a feather. The whole 10 minutes we watched him, he was looking all around, but the tree didn't flex at all.
We have a friend who is a different kind of hunter - upland game/birds. He owns four Llewelleyn setters. When one bitch was a pup, he took her out for the first time - just walking in the woods near his house. All of a sudden, she was GONE. Frantically looking around - finally looked UP and saw her - about 15' in the air on one of those trees that had fallen but been caught by another. She continues to climb trees, cross streams on logs, etc. Yeah, yeah - I'll try to find a pic!
My facebook page is 'open' so please feel free to go there.
I am so sad that Suz, and others, have this mistaken notion of foxhunting.
It is hunting, yes, but, in reality, it's more of a little harmless fox *harassing*.
I feel like it is a fair price to pay for a fox to provide a little gallop around his 'hood in return for AN EVER-EXPANDING GROUP OF DEVOTED LANDOWNERS AND OPEN-SPACE SUPPORTERS KEEPING HIS HABITAT OPEN AND MAINTAINED/UNMAINTAINED FOR HIM AND HIS BRETHREN AND HIS PREY.
Note who are the BIGGEST BY FAR **conservationists***????
Ducks Unlimited members, duck HUNTERS. Followed closely by fox HUNTERS.
(stepping off my soapbox.)
Gray foxes are good climbers. Related more closely to the cat family than the red fox, which is related to canine, not feline. (something to do with their claws.)
The fox in the tree was frowning, sort of annoyed, but more bemused than anything. Part of me wanted to hide behind a tree after the others moved off and watch how he was going to extricate himself from the very slender sapling he'd selected to dash up!
Amen, especially to the point about hunters being among the staunchest conservationists. I'd like to get more folks out to car follow if nothing else and go with someone like the dear, departed Cash Blue, who was probably part fox and could tell you more about the natural world around him than the next ten people could hope to.
This form of hunting actually benefits this predator. When a predator becomes overly comfortable around humans, and loses its fear of humans and their dogs - that's when he's likely to start preying or hanging around too close to farms and humans.
That sets the fox up for a human/wildlife conflict that usually ends up being lethal to the predator.
The same problem can be seen when animals like bears become too habituated to humans; bothering campers, raiding trash cans, etc. It's not good for them.
Hunted foxes stay wild. They remain wary of humans and their dogs. They stick to natural prey and live a natural life. They engage in natural behavior - evading a higher order predator (fox are not an apex predator - and a dog or hounds can emulate the role that apex predator plays in an ecosystem)
The same goes for coyote - many hunts do not chase coyote but I'll tell you what - those chased coyote are far less likely to be shot than one who is hanging around your house and eyeing your dachshund.