I have seen opossum, raccoons and the like snooping around my yard and consuming leftovers, but I was never positive who ate what I tossed out the back door. Now I know! It is the friendly neighborhood fox.
The fuzzy tail gave him away, but man, they sure are sneaky creatures. After first noticing him (I guess it is a him?) in the kitchen window, I was able to stand by the back door and not be noticed. The second sighting occurred close to sunset and thus getting darker. He was after the chicken bones I placed on the back patio. He would sneak up being oh so very wary constantly looking for any sign of movement. Then grabbing a bone, run to the middle of the yard or into the woods only to return over and over until the bones and any possible scraps were completely consumed. He even likes cat food, what a dog; I mean fox. It was most interesting watching him and observing his behavior.
I originally thought it was a Red Fox; however, a friend who knows says it is a gray fox. In the wild, the typical lifespan of a fox is two to three years, although individuals may live up to ten years. Foxes are generally smaller than wolves, jackals and domestic dogs. Fox-like features typically include a triangular face, pointed ears, a long, narrow, sharp muzzle and a bushy tail. Other physical characteristics vary according to habitat. The gray fox, by contrast, has a typical grayish auburn pelt with the tail normally ending with black marking.
Foxes are not always pack animals. Typically, they live in small family groups and are opportunistic feeders that hunt live prey (especially rodents) using a pouncing technique practiced from an early age. They are usually able to kill their prey quickly. Foxes also consume a wide variety of other foods ranging from grasshoppers to fruit and berries. They are normally extremely wary of humans (something I have noticed quite acutely) and are not usually kept as indoor pets. This one really loves the leftovers I leave outside for him.
Believe me, I don't have a clue what type of animal will be next to grace my small piece of paradise in Grande Lagoon. Life can be so interesting at times.