While traveling down Central Avenue in Rockford, IL. between Kilburn Avenue and Auburn Street, I was amused when I saw a small animal crossing Central, in front of me toward Searle’s Park. At first I thought it was a raccoon which seem to be quite numerous in this area but as it safely reached the other side and pranced toward me in the grass of the park, I noticed that it was a red fox. I was so amazed that I had to do a little research to try and find out if they were indigenous to this area or could it have been a pet, now set free. I learned a little about this animal but still am searching for more details.
I learned many things like “the red fox is by far the most widespread and abundant species of fox, found in almost every single habitat in the Northern Hemisphere, from the coastal marshes of United States, to the alpine tundra of Tibetan Plateau.” “The red fox can withstand and sometimes thrive in areas with heavy human disturbance” and that “the red fox has also become a familiar sight in suburban and even urban environments both in Europe and in North America. (Unknown Author, Wikipedia, Red Fox Retrieved from www.wikipedia.org). I began to wonder if this was a surprised sighting as the alligator caught in the Chicago River.
Personally, I do not know if these foxes are normally in this area but for a country boy, it was kind of nice to see a different kind of animal than what may in the suburban and urban areas afford you. It would be wise, I think, to educate our children and local people about this sighting but as far as trying to trap or kill this animal, I think would be ill-advised. I am no expert but from what I have gathered so far regarding this canine, it does not appear to pose any threat except it may be a pest to farmers who happen to be raising chickens.