Over the years we have photographed red fox on many of our trips to Yellowstone but this year we got a real treat. For the first time we got to photograph a fox den with pups. We got word from some other photographers about a den that was located just outside the east entrance of the park. So we decided to head over and see what we could find.
The east entrance is a long drive, around 40 miles from the Grand Loop, which is why we don't usually head out that way but we decided that it would be worth the trip if we could find the den. The information that we got was sketchy. Other then it was outside the east entrance the only other info we got was that the den was by an old building and near a tee pee.
We passed out of the east entrance and all that we spotted was a small cabin style resort with a restaurant and gift shop so we continued down the road. After we went about 10 miles we decided to turn back. I decided to try and stop at the gift shop because I noticed that it had the words tee pee in the name. As we were pulling in I noticed a guy setting up a camera and tripod near one of the buildings. So we headed over that way and while we were parking we spotted mom.
I grabbed my camera, jumped out of the car and began taking her picture. With in about 10 minutes the head of a little pup popped out between the stairs of the building in which she was standing near. The pup was followed by three other pups who came out and began to explore and play while mom stood guard. They did not seem to mind us there taking pics, they must have been habituated to people which is a problem with wildlife in Yellowstone, and only stopped their play when a horse near by neighed which started them. After about 15 to 20 minutes mom decided that it was time to hunt so she disappeared around the building. The pups new that play time was over so the slinked back under the stairs to the protection of their den. Since it was it was getting late and we were on the opposite side of the park we decided that it was time to head back to our hotel but we left very excited to have had this marvelous opportunity.