Somewhat graphic content so be forewarned but also kind of cool.
As we made our way up toward Mount Evans this past weekend, we came across this scene. A deer doe had met her demise, likely due to being hit by a car. This fox was wanting to take advantage of the easy meal.
We spent a while watching it as it tried to penetrate the hide but with no luck – although it did manage to pull the tail off, soon realizing it contained little in the way of an edible meal. This was a fun photo op and only the second time I have photographed a relatively rare silver fox so that made me happy.
In case you didn’t know, a silver fox is really just a typical red fox, but one that has a form of melanism resulting in its dark coat. Their rarity made their pelts very valuable and were sought after by nobles in Russia, Western Europe and China.