Watch a Hiker in Yellowstone Have a Rare Encounter with a Red Fox
If you hike Yellowstone National Park any time of year, there is a chance you will encounter wildlife. But, it's not common at all to come upon a red fox like this hiker recently did inside of the park.
Amy Trautmann shared this video via the KTXS Television Facebook page.
The National Park Service website explains why you won't have a red fox encounter like this very often:
Foxes are not often seen because they are nocturnal, usually forage alone, and travel along edges of meadows and forests. During winter, foxes may increase their activity around dawn and dusk, and even sometimes in broad daylight.
That last part is key. This hiker just happened to be at the right place at the right time. Due to the fact that coyotes, wolves and mountain lions are natural enemies of the red fox, it's no surprise most of their activity happens at night.
There's no clear understanding exactly how many red foxes live in Yellowstone. The National Park Service website only mentions that their number is considerably less than coyotes.
This hiker was very fortunate to be able to experience what few do and to also capture video of the experience.