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Here’s a video of the desert fox which haunted my remote desert camp this past weekend. I was sitting up in the dark with my flashlight off, admiring the stars, and letting my mind swim in the vast empty, when I felt a sudden presence and switched on the light. This fox was standing directly in front of me less than ten feet away and looking right at me. The light didn’t scare it at all, and it even began to come closer, staring straight into the glare, while moving towards me step by step. I gave a sharp “hey fox” which brought the animal to its senses, causing a slow, yet circuitous retreat. I suspect this animal is the top predator in the Deep Water wilds, which is apparently too dry and desolate for larger animals like coyote and cougar (these mountains are the driest place in the USA per rainfall records). This would explain the fox’s bold behavior, and evident curiosity in the face of something (my flashlight shining directly in it’s face) it had probably never before encountered. I suspect the fox has a den nearby, so I’ll look forward to our reunion the next time I overnight in this neighborhood.