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What Does Skokie's Fox Say? Not Much, But It Gets Around

The fox is mum, but all of Skokie is talking about him. And the coyote. It's a wild life around here.

A fox near Lorel Park in Skokie. Photo: Sharon Serences Newman
A fox near Lorel Park in Skokie. Photo: Sharon Serences Newman

Have you seen the red fox who hangs around Lorel Park in Skokie, or the coyote?

After Facebook user Sharon Serences Newman posted a photo of the fox on Skokie Patch's Facebook page, other readers chimed in, with reactions ranging from "scary" to "beautiful." Newman said she has seen him almost every day for months on Cleveland Avenue.

"He was (or at least one was) at our garbage cans this morning," wrote Julianne Epperson Alvizu.

Rose Doylakos said she saw a fox on Brummel and Karlov, and her brother saw one on Oakton and Harvard Terrace, Skokie.

Michael Gershbein said he saw one in the U.S. Toy parking lot. The toy store is on Lincoln Avenue near Main Street, in Skokie a little east of Morton Grove.

"There use to be 4," wrote Linda Bobiles. "They really do not bother people. They eat rodents and in the summer raid the trash cans in the parks. They have been here almost a year."

"He followed us to the park one night over the summer. He actually played with our tennis ball...." Mary Peterson Neumayer wrote.

Elizabeth Ruderman posted the photo of a coyote, spotted in the 6400 block of Kilpatrick in Lincolnwood.

A Dec. 9 Time Magazine cover story examined the growing phenomenon of many species of wildlife living in closer proximity to humans than anytime in the past century. 

On a lighter note, the Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis recorded the song "What Does the Fox Say?" which went viral on YouTube with more than 200 million views. It was meant to be a spoof, with the two brother-comedians trying to make "the stupidest video they could think of," according to mirror.co.uk--but maybe Skokie's fox can help answer the question. 

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Voice of Reason January 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM
I too have had the pleasure of being visited by a Red Fox a few weeks ago. He actually pulled out a rabbit from my neighbor's garden (I don't know if it was previously buried by the fox, or if it had expired there), and then proceeded to make a meal out of it on my neighbor's back patio. I took some really great photos of it, as I got about 20' away from it; taking care not to get too close to disturb its meal. I live near Howard & Niles Center, and wouldn't be surprised if Foxes & Coyotes have dens near the Edens overpass near there; or the big field just to the South off Fargo. Just be careful of your small pets, and don't feed them as there's certainly no shortage of squirrels and rabbits for them to eat.
h m January 24, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Why is everybody making a big deal over this? The animals were in the area first. Humans invaded there space. Not the other way around.

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