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Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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April 12: Picture of the Day

April 12, 2010 at 08:55 AM

This little family of red foxes has been attracting a fair amount of attention lately.

The foxes (the mother and four kits) live in a cemetery under an old building. Sunday evening I stopped by and found a couple from Peoria had already staked out the den site with tripod and camera. They had seen someone’s pictures on Flickr.

I had visited the cemetery several times since hearing word the foxes were there. But I’d had no luck and thought perhaps the mother had moved her brood. Well, the Peoria couple put my fears to rest, having taken pictures of the brood earlier Sunday morning.

So I stopped by again this morning. This time the only critters around were me and, eventually, the foxes. They came out to nurse once at about 6:15 a.m., then again at 7:15 (very briefly) and then the whole clan headed into the den and I did not see them again. Unfortunately, they all lingered on the dark, west-facing side of the building most of the time. So the light was not real good. But it was a ball to watch the little kits scrap and pounce on each other, bugs and other various items.

 

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