In these “foxy times” I went for a trip to Dovre Mountains in the central part of southern Norway to photograph the Arctic Fox. Only a few years ago this would be almost impossible, the species was nearly extinct in Norway. Thanks to a successful – but still fragile – project started in 2007, the population now is growing.
In 2007 two full grown Arctic Foxes were placed on Dovre, and in 2011 there were registered 40 Arctic Fox puppies. However, in 2012 there were only one known litter of free roaming Arctic Fox in whole Scandinavia! In 2013 there are registered 14 dens and minimum 99 puppies on Dovre (Snøhetta region). Still a small number, but growing.
In summer time the Arctic Fox depending especially on lemmings, but also rodents in general, eggs and chicken. The number of Arctic Fox litters can vary a lot relative to pray population variation. When the prey is scarce, the Arctic Fox scavenges the leftovers of larger predators. In winter time in the Arctic, this means for example ringed seal carcasses left behind by the Polar Bear. But in the high mountains of mainland Norway in winter time the Arctic Fox also depending on Reindeer carcasses left behind by the Wolverine. So what does the fox say? If one shall succeed in still having growth and stabilize a minimum viable population of the Arctic Fox in the Norwegian mountains, one also need to facilitate a sustainable Wolverine population.
Below you find some fresh images of Arctic Fox taken on Dovre in September, 2013. Please click on the images to enlarge and see them in 1400px quality.
And here is the YouTube link to the nowadays even more famous Norwegian foxes… Not that serious maybe, but great fun! Check it out; What does the fox say?