by Judy Lehmberg, BioPics Photography, www.vernelehmberg.com
There has been a fox hanging around Mammoth in Yellowstone for at least the last few weeks. We found it once a week or so ago and found it again today. It led us on a chase through all of the maintenance areas and finally into the employee housing. It was hunting the whole time. It would stop, look for ground squirrels, not find any, and then move on. All of the ground squirrels in the area were giving their alarm calls as the fox went about its morning rounds.
It found a shady spot by a house and decided to take a little rest. There was an old dog nearby going about its business. The fox immediately saw it but didn’t seem concerned. The dog continued ambling towards the fox and then suddenly saw it. The dog started chasing the fox so the fox had to run. The really funny part was that after about 30 feet of chasing the dog figured it had done its job and returned to its yard where my husband was standing. He went right up to my husband and seemed to be very proud of what he had just done. My husband gave the dog a good pet and it went happily on its way.