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Updated: 10/18/2013 02:40:00PM

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The Florida fox is common in neighborhoods across Florida. The fox is 10 to 15 pounds and up to two feet long. The tail is a foot long and bushy.

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I was mowing the yard at our other house Saturday. Usually my biggest concern is cutting the passion vine back from an abandoned butterfly garden in an extra lot. Suddenly, I was startled by what I thought was a huge yellow/brown cat jumping out of the weeds. The animal ran across the street and stopped 15 feet from me and turned. It was a fox and he was giving me the evil eye. He must have decided picking a fight with a John Deere riding mower was more than he could handle. He turned and ran into a wooded lot across the street.

Later in the day I saw my neighbor, Dottie. She had an encounter with a kit in early summer. The little one was sitting outside her screen cage talking to her two cats. They were having quite a conversation. Dottie took her cats inside and later saw the kit under her shrub. After the second sighting she was concerned the mother had not come to find her kit. Before long she heard the howling from the mother and the little one took off running.

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