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FWCB faculty Roland Kays and REAP interns (Research and Education Assistant Program coordinated by Lisa Mills) run a pair of camera traps that send live photos to their e-mail. They then share the best pictures using the twitter feed @CamTrapLive.  This spring has been especially interesting as the cameras monitored an active red fox den.

The cameras showed not only the five puppies growing up, but also documented what food the parents bring in, and the potential dangers they face as a coyote has visited multiple times. Squirrels were the most common food item, but there have also been multiple rabbits, a mallard duck, a Canadian goose, and one hot dog bun. The pups managed to hide inside the hole when the coyote showed up, although it did manage to steal a rabbit from the parents once.

Watch what happens next via Twitter @CamTrapLive

 

The fox returns to the den with a duck for the kits.

The fox returns to the den with a duck for the kits.

Fox with two kits outside of the den.

Fox with two kits outside of the den.

REaP interns setting the fox camera.

REaP interns setting the fox camera.