Foxes in residential neighbourhoods of Kanata

Recently on our evening walk through our neighbourhood of Kanata (suburb of Ottawa, Ontario) we have encountered a fox on two separate occasions.  Our neighbourhood is fortunate enough to still have a few wooded areas, but the sight of a fox on the streets was a surprise.

The first sighting was just around the corner from our home.  We first heard a yapping sound like a small dog barking, then saw a small fox sitting in the middle of the road.  It barely moved as we cautiously approached on foot and merely moved to the side of the road when a car went by.  There was a cat in a nearby driveway that we assumed the fox was interested in.  We knocked on a few doors in an attempt to alert the cat’s owner, but were told that this particular cat and fox played together often.  I thought I was able to take a few pictures of this fox with my phone as he was in no hurry to escape from us, but they turned out much too dark to share.  This is what he looked like, compliments of google photos:

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A few weeks later we encountered a second, larger fox running across the street in front of us, a few kilometers into our walk.  This one appeared to be less friendly and more interested in getting away from approaching people and cars.  Although it was lighter out that evening, and the pictures probably would have turned out much better, I was not quick enough to snap a picture of this fox; he was in a hurry to get where he was going.

With these two fox sightings in a residential neighbourhood, I can’t help but wonder: is it merely a coincidence that there seem to be lots of signs posted in the neighbourhood regarding missing cats?

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