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Noted in a social media post from Howard County Recreation and Parks on February 4th:

Recently, the Park Rangers have received a few calls about foxes “screaming” in the woods and fields of Howard County parks. If you’ve heard this sound, don’t worry! That blood-curdling, almost human-sounding scream is actually a vocalization used by female foxes (known as “vixens”) to attract mates during mating season, which lasts from December through February.

This sound is most often heard in the evening or at night, but it’s not unusual for a fox to be active during the daylight hours as well. If you hear this sound frequently around your neighborhood this winter, be on the lookout for young fox kits this coming spring! #RangerReport

Photo via Howard County Recreation and Parks on Facebook

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Scott E

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