A new family of foxes spotted at Parc Jean-Drapeau

A new family of foxes spotted at Parc Jean-Drapeau

One of the six foxes photographed at Parc Jean-Drapeau. They are six, accompanied by their mother.

After coyotes and wild turkeys, it’s the turn of foxes to be spotted in Montreal. A family of seven foxes, including six cubs, was seen at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Monday.

The photographer who took the pictures of the family, Jean-François Savaria, indicates that he took the photos with a telephoto lens from a good distance. “I was lucky to see them, and I kept my distance from my camera to respect their space. I won't say where I saw them to avoid people going to disturb them,” he says.

A new family of foxes seen at Parc Jean-Drapeau

The mother fox accompanied by one of her six cubs at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Photo: Jean-Francois Savaria

The Parc Jean-Drapeau company also confirms their presence, and stresses that it’s strongly advised against feeding the cubs, as this could harm their development.

Biologist and General Manager of the Ecomuseum Zoo, David Rodrigue, agrees and adds that foxes are not dangerous for humans, unless we get too close. Indeed, it could stimulate the self-defense reactions of the mother. According to Mr. Rodrigue, it is more for the birds in the park that the presence of foxes is worrying, because they feed mainly on eggs.

Note that foxes can transmit rabies and that the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs recommends, on its website, to keep your distance from the animal.

It is not unusual to see foxes in Montreal. Recall that in March 2022, rescue operations were launched because a free fox was stuck on the ice of the Old Port of Montreal. Operations had been suspended after four days of rescue attempts.

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