Guadalupe - Coyote

Resource Conservation District

Gray Fox Report for November 2016


Mid-November and December brings in that time of year when the adults have raised the pups that have survived the long months between April and November.  At this writing, the pups, the young ones, are dispersing; leaving their home range where they were born in order to find their own mate and a piece of brush land big enough to start and to feed a new family.  Read more.


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Gray Fox Report for October 2016


There are now a total of five gray foxes that have come down with the eye infections and it is taking a toll on the population at the baylands.  Read more.

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Gray Fox Report for September 2016


Thursday, September 1, I noticed that one of the gray fox pups that I have come to call One Eye, over on the creek had a swollen left eye.   Read more.

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 Gray fox at the bayland.


Gray Fox Report for August 2016


On the whole, the gray foxes at the baylands are the tope predator and indeed the keystone predator of the area, but with one exception:  Hawks.  The big Red-tailed Hawk will not take out an adult gray fox, but they will kill a pup. Read more.

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A gray fox with its catch.


Gray Fox Report for July 2016


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Gray Fox Report for June 2016


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Gray Fox Report for May 2016


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Gray Fox Report for April 2016


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Gray Fox Report for March 2016


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Gray Fox Report for February 2016


February is the time when the females are in estrus (heat is the common term for that condition) because the foxes give birth to their young sometimes in late March but most often in April.  Read more.


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 Gray fox pup greeting helper female.


Gray Fox Report for January 2016


The gray foxes at the Palo Alto Baylands are rapidly approaching that tie of year when the females will be pregnant.  At the moment, from direct observation, it appears as though the males and the females that will den-up here shortly are having their last play together.  Read more.



Gray Fox Report for December 2015


For the first time in many years two reliable sources have seen a very large coyote as it crossed their path, charged down the side of the hill, crossed the salt water channel, shook itself off and made a bee line across the marsh.  People working in and around the baylands can't remember when the last coyote was seen in the vicinity.  Its presence presents the baylands with a problem  Coyotes prey on gray foxes.  Read more.


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Foxes at the baylands.

Gray Fox Report for November 2015


Gray foxes are on the move.  During November I have seen several new foxes coming into the area.  As mentioned, the year and a half old female Tippy has left the area, most likely teaming up with a dispersing male.  Her sister Tense has teamed up with one of the larges gray foxes that I have ever seen in all the time that I have been documenting gray fox behavior.  Read more.

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Four new young foxes have shown up.


Gray Fox Report for September 2015


Although on September second the waterhold along the dirt road portion of Embarcadero Way filled up again and no one knows why, by the end of the month it had gone dry again and it has remained dry for the past eight days.  The foxes have been drinking from puddles left after the street sweepers and other trucks have been washed down.  Read more.


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Female juvenile Pale



Gray Fox Report for August 2015

Gray Fox Report for July 2015

Gray Fox Report for May 2015

Gray Fox Report for March 2015

Gray Fox Report for February 2015


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Gray fox adult male Dark removing sticker from between toes


 All photos by Bill Leikam, unless otherwise noted.  













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