Fox Tales

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Most people assume they need to head to more remote areas, like state and national parks, to see a Red fox, but according to several experts, many individuals need to look no further than their own neighborhoods. These adaptable and intelligent canids can make their home along the cliffs of Newfoundland and the Arctic tundra. Over the last century, they have also been slowly populating urban centers. According to Wildlife Specialist Dr. David Drake of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, “There’s not a lot of urban Red fox research going on in North America…But I would be very, very surprised if there are not Red fox in most, if not, all North American cities.”

The program follows scientists in Madison and Bristol, England, tracking the movement of Red foxes into cities; follows a Red fox family raising young pups along the Newfoundland coast; accompanies a biologist to the Arctic studying the movement of Red fox heading to a new habitat; and presents rare footage and behavior of newborns inside the den chronicling their attempts to become the dominant pup. Motion-sensitive, infrared cameras capture the never-before broadcast behavior of newborn pups and their mother in a natal den during the first weeks after birth. Animal Behaviorist Dr. Sandra Alvarez-Betancourt of the University of Bristol, who has analyzed thousands of hours of fox behavior underground, explains that as soon as Red fox pups can walk, they start fighting to establish their social hierarchy. And along the Newfoundland coast, we track a Red fox family over a six month period as they raise their young pups and teach them all the skills they’ll need to survive on their own in the wild.

Up in the Arctic tundra, an increasing number of Red foxes are expanding their reach into Arctic fox territory. Biologist Dr. James Roth of the University of Manitoba says that Red foxes are using more and more of the Arctic fox dens and have been known to kill Arctic foxes. Dr. Roth says it is another example of how these smart Red foxes can exploit a new territory and survive anywhere in the world.

And what about Red foxes becoming our new neighbors in urban centers? In the film, Dr. Drake notes that one of the surprising findings was just how compatible urban canids seem to be with people, given that many are living in backyards, under decks, etc. They can maintain a natural diet of small mammals and other available food, so they tend to be a bit heavier. Drake and his team have also been monitoring how Red foxes and coyotes are moving through Madison.

But in Bristol, the story is rather different. Rather than hunt for small mammals, about 70 to 80 percent of the Red foxes’ diet is provided by many local homeowners who do not see them as a threat. Biologist Dr. Stephen Harris of the University of Bristol attributes this attitude to the fact that, in Great Britain, Red foxes do not have rabies and there aren’t many other diseases that animals might convey. No matter where they make their home, Red foxes have proved they are one of the most widespread and adaptable mammals on the planet.

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FOX TALES

DIRECTORS
SUSAN FLEMING
RODERICK DEOGRADES

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
JOSHUA J. SEE

CINEMATOGRAPHY
HUGO KITCHING
KEITH BRUST
ED SENKOWSKI

SOUND RECORDISTS
PETER SAWADE
JOSHUA J. SEE
HUGO KITCHING

PRODUCTION MANAGER/BUSINESS AFFAIRS
ANDREA MINTY

EDITORS
ROBERT RUZIC
RODERICK DEOGRADES

WRITERS
SIOBHAN FLANAGAN
SUSAN FLEMING

ORIGINAL MUSIC
GEOFF BENNETT
ANDRE HIRZ

NARRATED BY
MICHELLA MOSS

RESEARCH
GRAHAM DUGGAN

VFX/ GRAPHIC DESIGN
CRAIG SCORGIE

SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR
DR. J. DAVID HENRY, BIOLOGIST

PRODUCER
SUSAN FLEMING

EDITING ASSISTANT
MICHAEL LAING-FRASER

ONLINE EDITOR
ARTHUR DITNER

COLORIST
JIM FLEMING

SUPERVISING SOUND EDITOR
PAUL GERMANN

DIALOGUE EDITOR
KRYSTIN HUNTER

ASSISTANT SOUND EDITOR
CHRIS KING

RE-RECORDING MIXER
LOU SOLAKOFSKI

ASSISTANT SOUND MIXER
ANDREA RUSCH

FOLEY ARTISTS
SANDRA FOX
ANDY MALCOLM

FOLEY RECORDING MIXERS
JACK HEEREN
STEPHEN MUIR

FOLEY EDITORS
JANNA DALLA RIVA
ANDREA CYR

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
SUSAN FLEMING

FILMED PARTIALLY ON LOCATION WITH THE PARKS CANADA AGENCY, IN WAPUSK NATIONAL PARK OF CANADA

FOX DEN FOOTAGE PROVIDED COURTESY OF
@STAATSBOSBEHEER THE NETHERLANDS

STOCK FOOTAGE PROVIDED COURTESY OF
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR TOURISM
KAORU RYAN SUZUKI
POND 5

STILL PHOTOGRAPHS USED WITH THE PERMISSION OF
DON GUTOSKI
JAMES ROTH

ADDITIONAL MUSIC TRACKS PROVIDED BY
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SPECIAL THANKS
DOUG AND CHESTER PENNEY
JOHN VIVIAN
BARBARA DORAN
PEGGY & JOHN FISHER
KEVIN WALTERS
KEITH LAMONT
BILL MONTEVECCHI
JAAP MULDER
SAM HOBSON
JO DORNING
SUE & BOB LESTER
SUE HARRIS
PAT PRIOR
JACQUELINE VERSTEGE
LYNN GILCHRIST
CANON CANADA

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SANDRA KLEINFELD

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ALEXANDRA LANE

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JULIE LAWLOR

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UNSCRIPTED CONTENT
JENNIFER DETTMAN

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SUE DANDO

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CAROLINE UNDERWOOD

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SENIOR PRODUCER
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COORDINATING PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAMES BURKE

LEGAL COUNSEL
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCER
ERIC R. OLSON

SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR
WHITNEY MCGOWAN

SENIOR PUBLICIST
JOHANNA BAKER

BUDGET CONTROLLER
JAYNE LISI

ONLINE EDITOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

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BILL MURPHY

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FRED KAUFMAN

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