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A foxy tale

Dear Editor:I was riding my bike into Aspen on one of our excellent trails this morning, and I happened upon a mother fox with her kit crossing the trail. To fox moms great consternation, the fearless and curious baby fox stopped to study me on my bike, sunglasses, helmet, etc. He reminded me of my own son. Mom turned and prepared for tragedy. Yet, I spoke softly to mother fox telling her that neither she or her baby were in danger from me. Years of persecution of her species by mine dropped; she gave me a knowing glance, and for one moment trust held the air between us. My week was made whole. Not 20 yards down the trail, and still in awe over this encounter, I came upon a happy human walking her happy retrievers on leashes. Blessed be! I thought how different my time with the fox family would have been if these dogs had been ambling up and down the trail, following unimpeded their instinctual callings. Seemingly harmless. Yet, if I had seen them at all, the fox babe would have been in great danger. Fox mom would have been full of fear, perhaps fighting for her childs life. I would never have had my magic moment of trust with either. Oh poverty! I am now renewed in my commitment to endure the hassle of enforcing our leash law. Chief Seattle exhorted us to realize that we are not alone on this landscape. The poverty of human solitude from wild things is sometimes crushing. The fox family and I appreciate your cooperation. Dale WillDirector, Pitkin County Open Space & Trails

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