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Archive for Monday, May 9, 2011

Family of foxes takes up home near Lecompton Historical Society

A mother fox and her young have taken up residency in some rocks in downtown Lecompton. Lecompton residents first saw them Easter weekend, but too much activity could mean the mother might move them.

A mother fox and her young have taken up residency in some rocks in downtown Lecompton. Lecompton residents first saw them Easter weekend, but too much activity could mean the mother might move them.

May 9, 2011

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A new family of seven has taken up residence near the Lecompton Historical Society.

Their home is made of stone, which provides comfortable shelter. Most evenings, the children come out to play.

The family of red foxes was first spotted Easter weekend playing by large slabs of rock next to a building. Since then, Lecompton residents have seen them out both morning and evening.

Paul Bahnmaier, president of the Lecompton Historical Society, said the mother fox will lie on one of the slabs and watch as her kits play.

“What I find odd is it’s an area that’s mowed and well-kept,” he said.

The foxes don’t seem bothered by loud noises and barely flinch when cars go by on the nearby road. But there is concern for people’s safety, so it’s best not to approach the den.

Tim Rues, administrator at Constitution Hall, said third- and seventh-graders from Mater Dei Catholic School in Topeka visited Lecompton last week and discovered feathers around the den. On closer investigation, they found a turkey claw, indicating the foxes had likely had a feast that day.

“The students really liked seeing where the foxes lived,” Rues said.

If the foxes are disturbed too often, the mother fox will likely move the den. But for at least a few weeks, the family made its home in historic Lecompton under some historic 1880s limestone curbs.

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

they also steal newspapers. If only douglas county had a international terrorist swat team. Wait, we do, sure it is expensive but just look at those faces. Very clever.

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oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 11 months ago

Did the Lawrence City Commission move their meeting place to Lecompton?

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Armored_One 2 years, 11 months ago

It's a nice change of pace to read about something nice, instead of all the grime and muck in the world. Plus foxes are just adorable.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 11 months ago

Foxes, the ultimate hipsters. Sly as a fox Out foxed Redd Foxx Jaimie Foxx Foxtrot Foxey Lady The beat goes on...

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jonas_opines 2 years, 11 months ago

My grandma had a family of foxes that lived next door when I was in middle-school. Every spring there'd be fox cubs to look out for. Very few things are as cute as a baby fox. Just about the only thing I can think of right now if a baby tiger.

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mr_right_wing 2 years, 11 months ago

Aawwwww.....how cute!!

Unless you own chickens nearby! Then you'd like to take these foxes and.....(Bin Laden them.)

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papillon 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree with Pywacket.... people who let their pets run loose aren't very good "loving human owners". Out and about running loose, animals will be animals. The foxes lived in this part of the country long before humans did, so I say power to them and I'm glad she's got a healthy litter. :)

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Charles L Bloss Jr 2 years, 11 months ago

Good photo Richard, how far away were you, and what lens did you use? Thank you, Lynn

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Gandalf 2 years, 11 months ago

Where in the article did it mention cat killers?

Bye the way pye have you every watched the movie The Good Witch? Bet you would love it.:O)

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Pywacket 2 years, 11 months ago

We have them in Baldwin, too--I've got some great pics from last year's litter and some "ok" shots of this year's, so far.

Raccoons or coyotes are much more likely to kill a cat than is a fox. Raccoons will shred a cat. Foxes, unless food is very scarce, will avoid tangling with cats.

In any event, neither cats nor dogs should be running loose, so in most cases if they become prey to any wild thing, their "loving human" is the actual culprit. Pets can sometimes get loose despite our best efforts to keep them in, but those who intentionally let them roam are just asking for trouble.

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nedcolt 2 years, 11 months ago

There's your cat killers,I've been in predator control for 30 yrs and a fox will run down and overtake a cat or small dog in a heartbeat,and that big a family has to hunt 24/7,better hope they move on.............

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