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low profile dressed in snow camo, but the the woods, stopped to drop the call on our
canines came with absolute commitment sled trail and parked the machines.
to within  yards, and then Lundberg said,
We shoed to a deadfall, and kicked the
"Take 'em." Despite the flurry of gunfire controller on the call. Like the night before,
from three experienced shooters at close within just a few minutes I saw black-andrange, only one pup hit the snow. The brown fur moving through the woods. The
retreating flight of his partner impressed us color was similar to a wolverine, but it was
with just how intensely quick a dog could notably smaller in comparison.
run ... and how much ammo we could
I whispered to Cory, "I think a young
shoot behind him.
wolverine is coming from my side."
We looked at each other in astonishHe acknowledged my comment with a
ment at the effectiveness of the setup, and nod, and a minute later a . bullet exited
how poorly we shot at the one that got his barrel. I saw the animal rip off 
away. The dog's commitment to the call yards through the massive cottonwood
was motivating, and we were absolutely bottom into a thicket.
ecstatic at the possibilities for our upcomLundberg, pulling himself up from
ing hunt. We also concluded that snow- his deep snow depression, proclaimed,
shoes were a must, unless we wanted to "Wow! I've never seen a fox that color. I
swim on our bellies every time we stopped. think it might be a phase fox."
Unique to the far north latitudes in
Fox on the Run
Canada and Alaska, a cross fox or phase
The next morning we downed sourdough fox (Vulpes vulpes) is a member of the red
pancakes the size of our heads at the fox family that sports darker red, black and
Roadhouse in downtown Talkeetna before brown fur not unlike the shading of a woldeparting on snow machines through town verine. We picked up the blood trail, which
in a balmy  degrees. We aimed for a led us right to a deadfall hole as the sun
crossing point on the Talkeetna River lead- was about to set. Judging from the amount
ing to the Chase Trail, running parallel to of blood lost, we agreed the fox wouldn't be
going anywhere. I suggested coming back
the Alaska Rail line.
Checking several spur trails, we stopped at first light with a couple of big shovels.
and set up when we found tracks. At midmorning, we spooked a pair of foxes that Mayhem
came in from downwind. Later, another When Wes heard we had tracked a phase
one charged in from upwind when a snow fox to a deadfall he was ecstatic. "I've never
machine freighting lumber to a cabin ran killed one. I can't wait to see it," he said.
it off. Although there was no coyote action,
Despite the additional  inches of
the red foxes were cooperating.
snow that fell the previous evening, we
Wes had to leave early, which meant had no trouble driving right to the deadCory and I would be on our own. "You guys fall. I was the first into the hole. Flashlight
are handling the sleds fine," said Wes. "Just in hand, my legs sticking out in the air at a
stay on the trail and work your way back to -degree angle, I could just barely make
town. I'll see tomorrow." He turned around out black-and-dark-brown fur.
his machine and sped off at  mph.
Wes asked, "Do you see any steam
Our trip home was uneventful, until down there?"
nearly sunset. Just a few miles north of
With my head  feet inside
town, we crossed fresh fox tracks. This the hole I reluctantly answered,
time we followed the tracks  yards into "Why ... ?"
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