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.
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.