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|Joined: 26 Feb 2006|
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| Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:01 pm
I live in Leon County, of North Florida, US. I had a strange sighting that I wanted to share here in hopes of getting some insight. I figure that hunters are in the woods more than most anybody else, so you guys might have seen something.
While taking a walk through some woods local to my then-home, I saw a strange creature. I came upon it in a field, during a cloudy mid-day. It appeared as follows:
It looked alot like a fox, except less canine-like, and maybe more in the prarie-dog family. I say this because of the shape of it's head, but also because of how it stood: on it's hind legs, with its front paws tucked to it's body, looking around like a prarie-dog does. (and in this case, looking at me, not thirty-five feet away.) It was about as big as a small-medium-sized fox, though not at all stout, more on the lanky size. Its fur was short-ish, I think, and mostly white, and grey, and maybe some black, with longer parts here and there. It was very keen. After looking at me a moment it ran off---: and then I noticed that it had a big, long bushy tail, almost as long as it's body, that waved up and down as it ran, like a squirrel. Also the way it ran wasn't fox-like, it bounded, much like a squrrel, instead of running like a fox (canine) does. And it ran fast.
I saw this animal in North Florida. I have searched the internet and found to trace of it's existance, documentation, or what it might be.
There is a "fox-squirrel", but this was definately not it. The Fox squirrel is only twice the size of a squirrel; this thing was four times the size of a squirrel about - more like the size of a small-medium-sized fox.
I spoke with a friend that also saw it on another occasion yesterday, and he said that it's fur was grey, and white on the longer portions. He said it was very squirrel-like to him, so I think that it couldn't be a canine, but more in the family of squirrel/prarie dog/and the like.
I remember it's face and it almost reminds me of a weasel or a possum, but it couldn't have been related to either because of the way it bounded, and how fast it was, and it's big bushy tail.
While once looking in a wildlife book about the different types of foxes, I thought I saw something that they call the "squirrel fox", which is known to climb trees. It was an old book and I think they might have been referring to the gray fox, which is also known to climb trees. I can't find the book, so I don't know. And I've searched the interent, to no avail.
Has anyone else seen this animal, or know anything about what it might be?
Feel free to e-mail me personally, too, at beastinthesky (at) hotmail (dot) com
Thanks for your time,