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This blog is predominately about camera trapping in California. We camera trap to save our souls and to teach primary school students about biology and conservation. We will also touch on other camera trapping news and musings, sets from afar, mediocre herpetology, sucky birding, and other natural history discussions.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Fox Frenzy

60% of the time, it works every time

This set continues the exploration of the Mt. Tam Watershed, along a small tributary stream of Lagunitas Creek. I joined up with teaching cohort and fellow camera trapper, Ryan, on a glorious Sunday morning.

Three cams were placed -- one by myself and two by Ryan (guest post in the near future?) and were in operation for about 20 days.

While JK is scoring Bobcat tail on his cam all over Younger Lagoon, the Gray Fox continues to be my carnivore du jour.

Day 5 visit


Day 15 visit

                         Breeding Pair ?

A Grey Squirrel was the only other species to visit

Now, scents such as the top-pictured Fox Frenzy, are something of late that I have tried to use sparingly in my sets. 
This was not one of those sets. 
In this small clearing I found fox scat (near moss, left center picture) and dabbed some scent on a large rock (bottom right) and then again near the scat.

A curiosity runs through me. Is that a breeding pair? If so, will they be denning nearby?


  1. Good vids. I think that like coyotes, the grays hang out in pairs at various times of the season and nights, so that might not be a great indicator. But, Jake and I saw those puppies in SC on June 17th last year, so the timing is about right.

  2. Man! I've used that fox frenzy lure by June and gotten absolutely nothing with it!

    I've tried it numerous times both down in NC (on Grays) and up here (on Reds) and gotten absolutely no response.


    Great video clips.

    The red fox have been all over the place up here in the last week.....

  3. Great clips of neck sliding, esp. the pair. Grey foxes like canids in general are monogamous, and you can see them together throughout the year. They do not always move around as a pair, but manage to keep track of one another. I've seen pairs foraging in the burbs of Marin before dusk.

  4. Thanks for the info on their movement in pairs -- I had did some reading that mentioned they were in the back half of their breeding season now and got a bit hopeful.

  5. Bring on the Ryan guest post.