Red Fox Vixen and Kits, Yellowstone National Park

Photo of a female red fox with her kits.

Mom and the Kids

I almost always see red foxes in Yellowstone, but I’ve never gotten a good photo of one until this year.  When it rains it pours.  This year I saw and photographed several, including this vixen and her two kits.

I’ve read that red foxes usually produce four to seven kits.  Thus, these two may be what’s left of a larger litter.   I was fortunate to be able to observe them for a while.  One kit was very outgoing and the other was very shy.

Seeing baby animals is why I like to visit Yellowstone in the spring.  Bear cubs and bison calves will be the first thing you’ll see in May.  Elk calves, bighorn lambs and pronghorn fawns start to appear the first week in June.  Deer fawns appear later in June.

Photo of a gray fox.

Gray Fox or Red Fox?

I was looking at some of my fox photos from the trip and this one looked different.  I just did some checking and now realize this fox seems to be a gray fox.  Red foxes have very distinctive black stockings. This one doesn’t have them.    Plus its trunk is mostly gray.


About Jim Coda

I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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10 Responses to Red Fox Vixen and Kits, Yellowstone National Park

  1. 0natah says:

    The family of foxes are so adorable. I love the personality that foxes can contain.

  2. Anne says:

    Your photos get better and better. Great work!

  3. Steve Creek says:

    Great captures Jim! I plan on going next spring and after keeping up with your trip I can’t wait.

  4. Alisa Beatty says:

    We’ll be in Yellowstone in just a few days. Thanks for the marvelous preview!

    • Jim Coda says:

      You’re welcome. One great place to photograph baby bighorns now is in the Gardner River Canyon. Keep an eye out for them.

  5. Alan says:

    Love the fox photos Jim. Red fox kits have to be our favorite YNP animal. They are hard to resist.

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