A Red Fox Vixen in Algonquin Park, Ontario

A Red Fox Vixen in Algonquin Park

red fox near lake of two rivers, algonquin park, ontario

One particular family of Red Foxes in Algonquin Provincial Park has become quite celebrated, so much so that seeing them no longer represents a challenge.  On our day trip to the Park in late April, it was exciting to come across not one but two Red Foxes separate and distinct from the other well known foxes.  This vixen was spotted near Lake of Two Rivers.

Image of a Red fox in a forest near Lake of Two Rivers, Algonquin Park, Ontario.

We were sliding along Highway 60 at a modest speed in the hopes of seeing some wildlife.  Bob’s keen eye first saw this Red Fox as she sauntered along the edge of the woods on the other side of the ditch.

Image of a Red fox near Lake of Two Rivers, Algonquin Park, Ontario.

We proceeded to carefully make a u-turn and pulled into the Lake of Two Rivers picnic grounds where we waited to see if the Red Fox would emerge from the underbrush.  Sure enough, she did!

Image of a Red fox crossing hwy 60 near Mew Lake in Algonquin Park, Ontario.

A couple of short kilometres back along Highway 60, we had seen what might be the vixen’s mate trotting along the shoulder of the highway and going in the opposite direction.   This sighting was west of Mew Lake Campground.

Image of a Red fox in the ditch along hwy 60 in Algonquin Park, Ontario.

With the increased volume of traffic on a Friday afternoon, we worried about that fox’s welfare.

Image of a Red fox running through a forest in Algonquin Park, Ontario.

Back at Lake of Two Rivers, the vixen patrolled the picnic grounds for food scraps, but at no point did we see her pick up any morsels.  Picnickers were few and far between given the chilly temperatures and early spring date.

Image of a Red fox looking towards the camera in Algonquin Park, Ontario.

The Red Fox vixen displayed a healthy sense of wariness and did not approach either us or the one other couple who happened to be taking a break and enjoying a view of the lake.

Image of a Red fox licking its lips in Algonquin Park, Ontario.

Foraging for food is hard work, so the vixen paused for a scratch and a brief rest before continuing on her merry way.

Image of a Red fox running along a shoreline in Algonquin Park, Ontario.

We left the vixen when she headed up the beach.  We weren’t sure if she already had kits to feed; her teats were just barely visible hanging below the fur on her belly.  Hopefully she found a frog, fish or crayfish to eat or take back to the den.

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