Large foxes have been seen wandering the streets of West Watertown.
Watertown News reader Tracy Scott took photos of a pair of red foxes as they walked though the backyard of her Jensen Road home, and on the streets near the park behind the Watertown Police Station (the old Browne School Playground).
“We have been living here for 4 years, we have never seen a fox here,” Scott said. “Both these foxes were large. My husband is from Vermont and even he said he has never seen foxes this big.”
Scott suspects that the foxes may be after the wild rabbits that live in her back yard. She has cats, but does not let them outside.
Foxes can thrive in urban environments, according to a story on the website of London’s The Natural History Museum. They have been known to build dens under sheds. According to National Geographic, red foxes can weigh as much as 24 pounds and be as much as 33 inches long including the head and body.
Foxes usually hunt for birds and small animals, such as rats and rabbits, according to the article, and also eat scraps thrown out by people.
Read the entire Natural History Museum article by clicking here.