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  • Can an eagle kill & eat a fox?

    I found this remarkable image online but I have no way of knowing if the eagle actually killed and consumed the fox.


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    Can an eagle kill a fox? That I'm not sure of, but I have with my own eyes seen eagle eating a fox.
    The Upper Delaware River Valley is home to a large population of American Bald Eagles. One winter perhaps ten years ago a buddy and I were driving along the river and saw an eagle on the ice chowing down on something about the size of a small dog. We pulled over and with the field glasses he always carries in his glove box, could clearly make out it was a fox.
    Now, eagle are know in deep winter to eat carrion, so chances are that the animal was found dead and brought on to the ice. Either way, this eagle was eating a fox.
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      Where was the image found?
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      • #4
        Absolutely they can kill a fox. The energy they carry when coming down on prey and the claws have a very high chance of disabling the fox on the first strike.

        The eagle in the picture seemed to have screwed up, as it's not working this time around.

        However, you can see that there's a fresh cadaver lying around and a madge or related bird getting away, so the fox and the bird were having lunch. The eagle probably attacked the fox just to chase it away from the meal.

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          The Siberians trained eagles to hunt wolves. The sheer impact of a stooping eagle - known as a berkut - broke the wolf's neck.
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          • #6
            Dang , that is one big-a bird. I've seen some videos of hawks attacking
            small deer so I guess it could. It does look as if the eagle is really just after
            the dead animal on the ground, but he did snatch the fox off the ground- I bet it at least scared the crap out of the fox.
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            • #7
              I've gotten that picture in my email half a dozen times now. Time to check Snopes...
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              • #8
                http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/eaglefox.asp

                It seems that the picture is real, but not in Montana as the emails always claim.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Redwolf View Post
                  The eagle in the picture seemed to have screwed up, as it's not working this time around.
                  Too me it looked like the fox was jumping the eagle (who was prolly eating "Dead Animal"™) and the eagle leapt back in time to avoid the fox.

                  But that's my untrained opinion.

                  They both attacked each other at the same time!

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                  • #10
                    We have the very occasional small dog taken by eagles here. But eagles are really s*&#$ hawks. They would rather scavenge dead fish or the local dump than hunt. It's possible that in this picture the eagle is just competing for the carcass on the ground.

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                    • #11
                      read the link I provided above....

                      Here, look at the series of photos.

                      http://www.tarsiger.com/gallery/inde...12071&lang=fin
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                      • #12
                        Yes , eagles can kill foxes. I have seen the remains of the foxes it has killed .
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                        • #13
                          Coming in late. Can an eagle kill a fox? Yes. Would an eagle eat a fox? Perhaps. But this is a scavanger fight.

                          Edit: Oops; should have read the rest of the replies first. My bad.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Duncan View Post
                            We have the very occasional small dog taken by eagles here. But eagles are really s*&#$ hawks. They would rather scavenge dead fish or the local dump than hunt. It's possible that in this picture the eagle is just competing for the carcass on the ground.
                            When the American Bald Eagle was first proposed as the National symbol, Benjamin Franklin fought the notion tooth and nail saying pretty much what Duncan has above.

                            Franklin's opinion was that the wild turkey was a much more suitable candidate.

                            The attached shot is a Bald Eagle on the ice of our lake, and they have been seen picking through dumpsters.


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                            • #15
                              Can an eagle kill a fox? Yes

                              As long as it has a small game license.
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