Kits in March

Pair of red foxes, Hain’s Point Golf Course, Washington, DC, Jan 2013 (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

January-to-February is mating time for red foxes in Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region.

Red foxes pair for life. They remain together from midwinter through summer. In autumn the foxes are solitary but reunite in winter for mating in January or February. Following a period of about 51 days, four to six young are born in late March or early April.

— Guide to the Mammals of Pennsylvania, p. 252 — Joseph F. Merritt

People usually don’t see foxes mating but Carly Lesser & Art Drauglis came upon this pair in January 2013 at Hain’s Point Golf Course in Washington, DC. Click here for another photo and scroll down to read the description.

If foxes mate in January, they have kits in March.

(photo by Carly Lesser & Art Drauglis at Wikimedia Commons; click on the caption to see the original)

1 thought on “Kits in March

  1. There is a pair of Red foxes that mate at Crooked Creek every year and last 4 years have moved the den around but usually IN the rocks of the dam….I sat for an hour 2 years ago in my car watching her with 6 kits and taking over 100 one photo she was standing and letting 4 of them milk and in a few they were playing like pups right beside her and in one photo I took there are 2 that are looking at me and was looks as if it’s wondering who/what I am

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