Lessons from the Grey Fox

Richard Vacha writes a column on tracking animals in our local paper, the West Marin Citizen. From his latest column on our native Grey Foxes:

“The fox is an expert at reading the forest or field for signs of unguarded baseline activity or for alarms. The fox seems particularly sensitive to out-of-context behavior typical of humans, particularly the unsettled mental state we often carry with us. Trackers commonly report that once they learn to truly quiet their minds and harmonize with spirit of nature, the fox begins to show itself…”

“The very term, fox-walking, implies a slow walk in a heightened state of awareness that moves beyond the immediate sensory input to a wider sense of what is going on in the whole landscape. This type of walking, coupled with wide-angle vision, (and) the dynamic use of peripheral vision, can quickly induce a calmness that animals in nature respond to. These are two of the primary tools of a tracker interested in establishing a deeper connection with nature. This is how the animals themselves become our teachers, as they have been since the dawn of man.”

Photo by Jerry Litynski Photography

3 Responses to Lessons from the Grey Fox

  1. Owl says:

    I was aware of the technique, but not the name and the history. Thanks for that. I have learned something new, again!

  2. What a charming little chap – so alert and alive – I love him :0 Alison

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Lloyd,
    just ran across this article/pic. You probably knew this, but I had no idea there were BLACK foxes…

    just thought you might like to see this one.


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