There was a gunshot maybe 90 minutes ago, nearby. Very nearby. I think it had to be someone shooting at the fox, since she’s the only predator out and about at this time of day.
Lots of people here have chickens—I can’t blame anyone for protecting their flocks. I mean, there are chicken feathers in my yard (looks like it was a Rhode Island red), so Mama fox has been successful in killing someone’s hen.
But I hope they missed. The kit is sitting outside the den waiting for her, and I haven’t seen her—since the gunshot.
There is only one adult fox and one kit, so something already happened to the rest of the family. I guess if the mama doesn’t come back, I’ll trap the little guy and get him/her to a wildlife rehabilitator. Can’t let the little thing starve, and I don’t want to make it dependent on people.