Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Outfoxed...

Just some housekeeping stuff to get through today...

In case you haven't heard, the Gang of Four (Local Bloggers) will be sponsoring an on-line candidate forum for most local elections beginning in October. More details here.

As for live, in-person forums, mentioned below is tonight's League of Women Voters forum at the county office building in Ellicott City. Although I had considered attending, I need to make up for mountain biking time lost because of yesterday's storms. A healthy mind needs a healthy body, or something like that. I set the TiVo set to record the forum, however, and I'll probably have some comments on it later tonight or tomorrow. If you do attend, feel free to use this post as an open thread to share your thoughts.

Speaking of spending time outside...

While walking the mutt this morning, I encountered an interesting critter on the trail. Luckily, I had my camera with me and zoomed in to capture this shot:


Sorry about the blurriness. This photo was taken from about 70 yards away.

At first I wasn't sure what it was, but now it seems pretty clear that it's a fox. What confused me initially was the length of his coat, which is far shorter than any other fox I've ever seen. Is this just what they look like in the summer, or is there some other explanation for why it almost looks like he's been shaved? He also appears to be pretty big, though it's hard to tell from this photo.

4 comments:

Dave Wissing said...

You know I follow politics too much when the first thought that popped into my mind when I read the title was this post was going to be about Greg Fox.

Imagine my surprise when I read the post and found out you were talking about an actual fox....

MerriweatherRaven said...

You need to call the county.
It looks like the hyote, a combination of a hyena and a coyote.

See here: http://www.thewbalchannel.com/news/3545312/detail.html

Green Terror said...

Yes, I agree with poster 2 - this doesn't look like any fox I've ever seen... Odd.

Mary Catherine said...

red fox with mange. they have thinner summer coats.. but this one appears to be short on fur on his tail and neck- which isn't good.