Thursday, August 21, 2014

Skunk Versus Fox - I Think You Know Who Walks!

I love to capture these little interactions between species - it gives insight into the animal community that passes through the backyard. A large Striped Skunk's aggressive defense posture with tail held high deters a Gray Fox from even thinking about messing with it in the Great Smoky Mountains. With memorable black and white markings and tail held high and hissing the skunk would rather conserve it's chemical spray for real combat. This is the skunks territory to come and go freely and no animal, save the Great Horned Owl who is immune to its toxic odor, will mess with it at night!

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Striped Skunk and Gray Fox