A SKUNK INSTEAD OF A FOX
We went to the mountain pasture, about four miles away, to bring home the young cattle. While going through the pasture, looking for them, we came to some woods. Dad said: ""I smell a wild animal den somewhere." I said, "So do I." We looked around and just outside the fence we found the hole in the ground and signs of animals.
As the entrance to the den was quite large, we decided they were foxes sure. So, thinking to take them alive and ranch them, we went back the next day armed with gun, spade, axe, catching crate and some wire-netting. We had some difficulty in getting the team near the den, as the pasture was very rough and full of bushes.
Well, we set to work digging out the foxes and after about two hours hard work, as the day was warm, and the ground full of roots, we finally came to the nest and saw something move. So we got the wire-netting around the den and the crate ready and started to drive the foxes in.
The first one that came out had long white stripes along the back. Great scott! That was not the kind of foxes we were after, so let him go back into his nest.
We loaded up our wire-netting, crate and tools and started for home, hoping no one would see us or find out the joke. And this is the first time I have told about it, so will not sign my name.
I like hunting and trapping. We have two fox hounds, but use them mostly to run rabbits and we find it great sport. Have been trapping some this seasonócaught eighteen muskrats and one raccoon.
Am renewing my subscription to Fur Newsó we all like it very much.
Kings Co., N. S., Can.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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