Yes fox have been seen in Champaign Urbana — increasingly in the past year or so.
- I recall that the first I saw was – no joke- down on Fox Drive several years ago. There is a bit of a protected area along the stream that runs parallel to this south Champaign area and the large Devonshire Park just south offers a bit of natural habitat as well. So it was not totally surprising to see this bushy tailed mammal in that area.
- The second fox I saw was last winter in the Clark Park area in Champaign. There was snow on the ground and here came a fox- actually several times -loping through the area in and out of back yards. Hunting I guess.
- Just recently near the Champaign Country Club, a mama fox with four kit were observed sunning and playing in a backyard. They have a den under the deck of a home near the golf course.
There is no huge caution with fox in Champaign Urbana except that they have been known to bite people at times and then there is the possibility of damage to foundations if their dens get large.