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Old 06-24-2010, 12:12 AM
 
Location: dallas, texas
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I live around the Love Field airport area in Dallas. I went home yesterday and walked to the back porch. To my surprise, two dark grey cat-like animals started running from under my porch.

They were behid the fence looking at me. Something that caugh my attention was their eyes. They looked like black buttons as opposed to the regular cat eyes that we are used to. Which tend to be more multicored eyes. Also a very pointy face. The "hair" was very charcoal grey.

In searching the net, this is the closest thing I think I saw.
https://secure2.convio.net/wc/images...lder/13405.jpg

Also found this website and that fox looks like what i saw:
Common Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)

How common are grey foxes in Dallas? Are they dangerous? Should I call some animal control?

HELP!!!
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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google Opossum ....maybe that's what you saw
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:18 AM
 
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More likely you saw a possum, but grey fox are not unheard of here.
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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More likely you saw a possum, but grey fox are not unheard of here.
wow, we lived in Dallas for 13 years and never saw a possum or grey fox. We see plenty areound here. I would say it could be either. It is rare to see possums during the day, but we saw them occassionally in California. (usually early morning) here we see Fox all times of the day.

Nita
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Old 06-25-2010, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Weird. Portorro, saw my first fox just last week!!

I've lived in DFW my entire life and had never, ever seen one on suburban streets before. It was in Richardson near Heights Park. DH and I were on our Vespas taking a leisurely late night ride. As I was approaching I thought it was just a very odd shaped cat...but as you said, the eyes were definitely different. As I drove closer, sure enough it was a fox. Figured DH would think I was crazy but as soon as we got the next stop sign he was excitedly asking me if I'd just witnessed a fox crossing the road.

And since we have a bit of an opossum problem in our neighborhood, I sure as heck know it wasn't an opossum. They're shaped entirely differently and move in a stealthy waddle. Ug, I hate me an opossum! They're brazen little suckers too.
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:34 AM
 
Location: dallas, texas
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I went to youtube and looked at oppusum (and all the name variants) but i am still sure that is not what I saw. The black button like eyes, skinny, fast and a nice coat of pretty charcoal gray hair.

Kacb..nice to know I am not the only to have come accross one.
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Old 06-25-2010, 04:42 PM
 
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if it didn't hiss or spit at you, it was a fox. pretty harmless unless you have small children (they won't attack them unless they are rabid) or small animals for them to hunt.
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Old 06-25-2010, 05:31 PM
 
Location: TX
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I live in Allen, and my kids spottied this in our front yard a couple of days ago, it was just sitting there like it was guarding the house. As I crept closer to get pictures I ignored the little voice in my head saying, "this is going to end badly." Not sure if the picture makes it clear, but this thing when sitting down it was about 2 feet tall front feet to ears.

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Old 06-25-2010, 06:34 PM
 
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I live in Allen, and my kids spottied this in our front yard a couple of days ago, it was just sitting there like it was guarding the house. As I crept closer to get pictures I ignored the little voice in my head saying, "this is going to end badly." Not sure if the picture makes it clear, but this thing when sitting down it was about 2 feet tall front feet to ears.
That's a Bobcat. Will run before you even get too close.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobcat
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Old 06-25-2010, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I live in Allen, and my kids spottied this in our front yard a couple of days ago, it was just sitting there like it was guarding the house. As I crept closer to get pictures I ignored the little voice in my head saying, "this is going to end badly." Not sure if the picture makes it clear, but this thing when sitting down it was about 2 feet tall front feet to ears.
It's beautiful! You are so lucky to have seen it. We had them in our creek when I was growing up and we never saw one, just found prints occasionally.
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