I Was Wrong – They Weren’t Foxen

I mentioned the other day about [cref animals-out-of-place seeing two foxes] in the parking lot of my office. I saw the smaller one again on Thursday afternoon and I started to doubt my identification of them as foxes. It occurred to me that they might actually be coyotes. I did some research this weekend, and I’m convinced now that they are coyotes. They’re still gorgeous animals, but not foxes.

Animals Out of Place

About 15 minutes ago I parked my car in the parking lot of my office, which is in North Atlanta, near Perimeter Mall. As I was walking across the lot toward the building, I saw something move, out of the corner of my eye. I turned, expecting to see a goose or maybe a cat. But it was a fox! A beautiful, grey fox, about two feet tall at the shoulder. It quickly ran into the bushes, and then something else caught my eye. I turned to look where the fox had come from, and there was another one. This one was smaller, maybe a foot and a half high, just as beautiful. It was probably a juvenile, probably the first fox’s child. I tried to get out my iPhone to take a picture, but the sound of the velcro on the holster spooked the child, and he darted back into the bushes.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a fox that wasn’t in a zoo, and I certainly didn’t expect to see one in such a busy area. I really wish I could have gotten some photos.