Due to our chickens being hunted by a neighborly fox, Dan set a live trap to catch her.
We know it’s a female because we discovered her den with two pups several weeks ago. It was a mile away down by a small crick. They were cute then.
After a LOT of “missing” birds, they’re not so cute anymore. I found some ground venison in the freezer and we used that as bait. As we left for the Farmer’s Market, I laughed and said to Dan that it would be just our luck to come home and find our cat, Socks, trapped in there. She’s pregnant from a stray tom and has been ravenous ever since. So much so, that after four months here, she finally ate her first mouse! We’re so proud!
The next morning we found this.
The way he was looking at us was so confused and very funny. It was comical to watch Dan let the ducks and geese out for the day and see how they would react to the raccoon. They seemed to know he wasn’t a threat and strutted right by the cage gazing at him as if to say, “That’s what you get!”
We still haven’t caught our fox yet. For several days we kept the chickens locked up for safety. As the plague of grasshopper set in, we felt the tension between the chickens needing to eat the bugs (so they won’t destroy our garden) and the risk of the fox acutely. We’ve decided to risk it for now and count them every night. So far they are all accounted for.