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A red fox (vulpes vulpes) takes in the views of Tuckerman's Ravine from Lion's Head on Mt Washington.
This is probably the same male whose tracks have been seen all along the Lion's Head winter route from parking lot to summit, and has been reported to poke his head into the shelters at night. It's probably the same one known as "Monroe". The habit of posing on a snowy outcrop certainly fits
[Update summer 2006: I've heard that there is now a whole family of foxes living at the base of Mt Washington. Re-update March 2007: signs at the Cog Railway station warn against approaching the "families" (plural!) of wild foxes.]
[Update March 2008: a younger fox seems to have taken over patrolling the Lion Head winter route.]
I think we both paused on this outcrop to look at the skiers below. I was incredibly lucky to get there at the same time he did, and even luckier that I saw him first and was able to get this shot before he put some distance between us. Here he's already spotted me and is about to leap down off his perch.
April 8, 2006
Taken with my point-and-shoot camera in auto-everything mode. Er no, I had accidentally left it in "landscape" mode. Anyway, this is uncropped, no digital zoom, no telephoto lens.
Red foxes in New England are descended mostly from foxes introduced in the 17th century by English colonists. (Native red foxes had a limited range; gray foxes apparently weren't considered proper game for an Englishman.)
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