For some strange reason, even though I'm loaded with coyotes, I've been getting this fox (actually, I think it's a pair) quite frequently, at night in the food plots. This is my first daylight video of the fox.One reason we don't see this more often is simply because coyotes have largely displayed our native foxes in TN. The fox is relatively rare in my neck of the woods.
In my youth, there were a lot more foxes, and no coyotes.
Almost zero turkeys in most of West & Middle TN as well.
As fur trapping declined, bobcat populations grew, and the coyotes moved in (although the coyote migration had little to do with the trapping decline). Coyotes displaced the foxes.
One big "evolutionary" change I've witnessed since my youth is that while coyotes & bobcats once were much more nocturnal (in most of West & Middle TN), they now seem to hunt about as much during the day as at night.
I attribute this daytime hunting more to our once not having turkeys to now having turkeys, which coyotes & bobcats can mainly only hunt during the day. I don't think coyotes & bobcats roam around as much during day as at night, but they certainly do spend much of their days hunting turkeys (as well as squirrels).
I believe coyotes & bobcats do kill a lot of young turkeys, but maybe not as many adult birds as many want to think. More of their diets seem to be small birds, rodents (like mice and field rats), rabbits, and of course squirrels. Add carrion and the occasional house cat, and we have some well-fed predators.
Suspect the foxes are behaving similarly.
I just rarely even get a trail cam pic of a fox anymore.
That particular fox has likely already killed a few younger turkeys this year via similar methods.From the actions of this one, he ain't real smart chasing flying turkeys across an open field. Cool to see though!
Agree...growing up we never saw coyotes.In my youth, there were a lot more foxes, and no coyotes.
He will probably be back.We've lost three chickens to a bobcat in the past month. A few days ago, in broad daylight, I watched one run out of the woods, snatch a chicken, and run back into the woods. I chased it, it got to a fence and had to drop the chicken, but the chicken was already dead, and the cat was gone.