Have you heard any strange noises outside lately? Or, have you recently seen foxes during the day?
We’re in the midst of fox mating season in Maryland. During this time, local foxes are actively seeking (and calling for) mates, as well as marking territories and digging dens. Out of our two fox species, the red fox is quite vocal during mating season with females letting out a cry known as the vixen call. To some, this call sounds much like a young child screaming and can be quite unsettling. This call is also mistaken as the scream of a fisher, a large weasel found in parts of Maryland. (Fishers are actually pretty quiet creatures).
You can hear the vixen call, as well as other red fox noises here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6NuhlibHsM
If you have pictures of local foxes, we would love to see them-301-743-5161.