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This is the fox photographed July 16. Note the long white hairs on his hindquarters. Here he's getting ready to pounce on a mouse. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

AMATEURS GUIDE: Sandhill crane season is first in 94 years

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Last week I photographed a little red fox near Big Sand Lake.

My colleague Gravy spotted something I'd overlooked - a thick fur mantle beginning to grow on the little guy's hindquarters.

That may be an early sign of winter, but it's somewhat at odds with the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center.

The Grand Forks office predicts an average to warmer fall with ample moisture.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

(218) 732-3364
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