The description sly as a fox has special meaning for some residents of Folsom Place on Durango’s east side.
Beginning sometime in May, their copies of The Durango Herald would not always be waiting in the driveway, on the porch or on the lawn when they started their day.
“My paper would sporadically be missing,” Bill Bolden said. “It was a mystery because Liz (carrier Elizabeth Bollins) has delivered it for 10 years.”
Across the street, Jerry Poer and John Malarsie also didn’t get their newspaper from time to time.
Bollins was as puzzled as her customers.
“I know I delivered the newspapers,” Bollins said. “I tried different locations, but the papers sometimes were missing.”
It turns out that a fox that had dug a den under Malarsie’s backyard shed was bringing newspapers home from pre-dawn excursions.
Even shreds of orange delivery bags were found.
“I filled the hole and she dug it out again,” Malarsie said. “I also found single garden gloves, a fuzzy toy unicorn and a dish towel.”
No one in the neighborhood has been missing a newspaper for a couple of weeks, leading residents to think that maybe the fox and her kits have moved on.
Bollins, who has had the route for 13 years but hadn’t seen foxes in town until three years ago, thinks a dog flushed the foxes from their lair.
“I think the mom moved the kits to a new den,” Bollins said.
It’s hard to tell where foxes will be seen, Patt Dorsey, Colorado Parks and Wildlife area wildlife manager in Durango, said Friday.
The red fox adapts well to populated areas, Dorsey said. It finds food such as mice around houses, and people afford them protection against larger predators such as coyotes, she said.