Top 12 Most Memorable Encounters
Coming off a spectacularly lucky (photographically) year, 2017 was a no good, awful, downright miserable stretch of bad luck. Though we spent more time in the field than ever, we captured content only about 10% of the time we set out to look for wildlife. Yet for all the bad luck, we had some incredible moments – and, based on our last two forays into the Rockies, our luck also seems to be changing. Here’s hoping 2018 is the best year yet.
The Fox Den
2017 was another good fox year for us and we were fortunate to identify two den sites that allowed for respectful observation. It was one den, however, that provided the best insight into important behaviour, habits and the adaptability of this member of the canine family. Across multiple months, we would briefly stop by the den to document the family of foxes and were able to observe kits from the grey-coat, blue-eyed stage to near-full growth. This particular den included not only the vixen (female) and dog (male) foxes, but also the previous year’s female kit who acted as part-time kit-sitter and full-time apprentice. This behaviour is not uncommon, but was a first for us to observe and gave us a better understanding of fox family dynamics. Watching the antics of kits and their steady, quick growth is never tiring, but what was especially interesting was observing the dogged determination of a large black bear to feast on the kits and the even more determined efforts of the vixen to out smart the large bruin. As of the late summer, the fox family was still outwitting the bear and, clearly, the kits are now too big to be of interest to boar.