The Red Foxes are Back in the West End of Golden Gate Park, Off of JFK Drive

After a period of time of no sightings of foxes in Golden Gate Park, it seems that they might be coming back, especially in the western end. They probably are able to travel back and forth to the Presidio and Land’s End fairly easily.

Here’s a report from Joyce W., who saw a Fantastic Mr. (or Mrs. Fox) yesterday:

“It was about 4:00 pm and the fox was within 15 feet of JFK BLVD at the far West end.
It was intently watching a gopher hole on a wide open patch of mowed lawn.
Two cars stopped and watched in silence which didn’t seem to bother the fox.
 It wasn’t until a jogger came by that the creature dashed into the woods.
I am 90% sure it was a Red Fox and not our local Grey Fox.  Very striking colour combination with the red, black and white.
How did these creatures end up in the park? Amazing.
I regret that my cell phone was tucked away.  I was mesmerized by the vision before my eyes and didn’t want to divert my gaze for a second.
I watched it be absolutely still for at least three minutes.”

So there you have it. Coyotes are a similar size, but they run with their tails down and they’re not red the way cute cute red foxes are. So let’s call this a reliable report of a red fox in the west end of GGP at the tail end of 2009. Elusive, aren’t they? (Not at all like San Francisco’s raccoons and parrots.) 

Here are photos of some east end foxes, from back in the day:

Foxes certainly don’t mind living in and around cities. Near Lincoln Boulevard in the Inner Sunset. Until we get some new photos, these old ones will have to do. Click to expand:

The last fox I photographed in Golden Gate Park. A wispy blur:

From 175 feet away in Strybing Arboretum. She’ll see you before you see her:

A kit (or pup or cub) with its mom:

Keep a look out, they’re out there somewhere.

Send in your reports or post them to Twitter, as Thrusty did.

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4 Responses to “The Red Foxes are Back in the West End of Golden Gate Park, Off of JFK Drive”

  1. Philip says:

    Those little guys eat feral cats like candy. They should also help with the skunk and raccoon plague.

  2. James Fike says:

    I had no idea there were Red Foxes in Golden Gate Park. I knew there were Coyotes, but now I will keep an eye out for them. It would be cool to capture images of them in the park. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. John Odell says:

    I saw the pair of them, about 4:15 yesterday afternoon (11/30), in the woods between Lindley and Speedway meadows. They’re beautiful!

  4. Dave says:

    December 1, 2009 7:30 pm

    Just returned from walking my dog in Golden Gate Park. Walking down Middle Drive between the two barriers that close the road. Beautiful red fox crossed the road 10 yards ahead of us. He or she stopped at the edge of the road and watched us. The dog was curious, but not going crazy to get at it. We stood and watched it watch us. It even took a few steps in our direction. When we moved on, the fox went back across the road and into the bushes. Very healthy looking with a beautiful coat. Way cool.