While at Lake Clark National Park, we had the chance to photograph a few more wildlife species besides the grizzly bears. This red fox made its appearance the first morning we woke up and went outside. I found its den in some shrubbery right by the lodge and under my window! Initially it was a bit shy and went back into its hiding area when it heard some noise, but that wasn’t its last appearance….
After we took off in search of grizzlies, we drove by the lodge later in the morning to find the red fox curled up on some rocks. It was bathing time as it cleaned up from the various pieces of shrubbery that were often caught in its fur, as you can see in the top image. The fox yawned quite often, giving us full view of those beautiful sharp teeth!
We also caught its stretching routine when it got up from its nap. I was surprised by how skinny the fox was but was told that it was healthy and of a typical weight.
Some of the close shots I took of the fox showed the health in its fur and face so I wasn’t as worried. We saw it going after some rodents in some of the rocks so it appeared that there was plenty of food near by. The quick spry nature of its movement also indicated that it was doing very well.
There were times when the fox looked very ferocious as it stood up. We saw some evidence of its confidence when one afternoon we saw it within 20 ft of a grizzly bear. As the grizzly bear started meandering closer to the fox with intent, the fox trotted off but not at a panicked pace that I would have expected.
Despite the confidence, it had a sweetness about it that I was able to capture in the image below when it peeked out from behind some flowers to watch its visitors. It was quite a beauty.
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