Grey foxes caught lounging next to a pool in North Fresno

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A Fresno family looked outside their window this morning to find a couple of strangers lounging next to their pool. (KFSN)

A Fresno family looked outside their window this morning to find a couple of strangers lounging next to their pool. Hiding amongst the vines and rocky landscape in this backyard a Fresno family said transients went unnoticed.

"I think at first we were kind of shocked and overwhelmed that they were there," said Matt Billingsley. He said his wife found a couple sitting on these lounge chairs Friday morning.

"I was like wow that's our backyard and I'm like what's going on," said Billingsley. The culprits caught red handed? Two grey foxes then a possum who tried to join in on the fun. "There was more footage out there that we didn't get on camera that they were kind of just jumping around, playing with each other so it was kind of cool."

It's the first time the Billingsley's have encountered wildlife in their backyard. But it's not rare to see these creatures in North Fresno according to biologist Dan Fidler.

"There are a lot of foxes and possums that have actually grown up and live in that area and so they learn to utilize it just like the people do," said Fidler. He said there's a common misconception the drought pushes these creatures toward the city. And some animals like bears are seen foraging for food outside of their territories.

"Generally speaking when there's drier in certain areas will spread out to get the things they need to survive," said Fidler.

But these critters are Fresno natives and Billingsley said they are welcome over any time. Fidler said wild animals are searching for easily accessible food, water and shelter so to keep the critters away make sure to keep pet food and trash out of reach.



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