Friday, March 28, 2008

Coyotes, Foxes, Cougars - Oh My!

There is a big mystery in our household.

On a few separate occasions, Todd and the kids have told me about a wild fox they have noticed while driving down Traverse Ridge. I hadn't thought much of it until I saw it today.

WHY? WHY? WHY do I never have my camera when I see cute animals in the wild?

It was striking. It was in a wooded area and was walking on the snow - very close to the main road. Of course I told Todd about it when he came home tonight, but it had been on my mind all day. The thing is, it didn't look exactly how I thought a fox would look. I mentioned to Todd that it almost reminded me of a coyote.

Well, that just opened up a great big can of worms! Now Todd and I cannot decide if it was a coyote or a fox. We don't even know if we saw the same animal or not. Todd is convinced that he has seen a coyote AND a fox and that our little critter in question is in fact, 2 critters.

You can bet that I'll be finding an answer to this little mystery!

As a side note, there also seems to be a cougar roaming around in the area. Read very scary news article here:

As yet another side note, I do realize that this post ranks high on the "Holy Cow, What a Nerd!" meter. I admit that in my younger years, I never would have found foxes and coyotes interesting. I'm not quite sure what is happening to me. Old age? Boredom? Teenagers sucking the life right out of me?

One of these days I may totally tip the nerd scale and relate my embarrassing elk story on this blog.

I'm sure you are dizzy with anticipation.


Frumpy Luv said...

I am dizzy with anticipation!! And by the way, your comment made me choke on my cereal this morning while laughing =).

MCF said...

Oooh I can't wait for you to share the Elk-Dog story.

As for the Cougar, I wouldn't worry too much about it. That's what you get for living up in them thar hills! Wild animals!! I think the most exotic creatures I've seen down here is a few questionable cats.

Redhoodoos said...

Frumpy Luv - Now you know what your blog has done to me! LOL. I love it.

Redhoodoos said...

MCF - I think you and Todd are the only ones to fully appreciate the elk-dog incident since you were around to get the daily play-by-play of my blondeness. Good gads.

Anonymous said...

If I may, can I just say a few things here that may help with our animonia delimination (creative words that sound great but don't really mean anything). First off, My lovely wife is not one you want on your team when playing pictionary. She drew a turkey with four legs one time. Needless to say, it gave the other team a great advantage. So when we find the foxote then we can end this animoniation. The truth is, we have all kinds of animals up here. The cougar is one that I really want to see. The fox can be seen at the lower levels darting across the street and then he's gone but the coyote is not very skiddish and will let you take a long look at him. The deer are everywhere and you can see them everyday. We love it here, if it weren't for the 10% grade hill, gas prices, and the distance from Harmons we'd really want to stay.