In Miami Springs, we love our wildlife. Just step outside and you are usually greeted by the sounds of birds chirping. The hammering of woodpeckers. The unique chatter from the various parakeets and parrots.
We have a variety of fish in our waterways including bass. Manatees make the occasional visit along the Miami Canal. And alligators will sometimes strut their stuff crossing the roadways.
And don’t forget the Muscovy Ducks, Egyptian Geese, and Iguanas. Yes, I know they’re invasive, but all birds are protected within city limits. (The Florida Wildlife Commission does allow the humane capture of Iguanas.)
We also have an interesting assortment of land mammals that tend to be a little shy and tend to come out at night. I’m talking about Miami Springs’ local population of raccoons and foxes.
Local journalist, Theo Karantsalis, shared the following video on YouTube from his security camera capturing a gaze of raccoons scurrying through Theo’s driveway. Soon thereafter a fox was captured on camera following the raccoons.
It’s no secret that we have raccoons in Miami Springs, but some are surprised we have foxes. The foxes are far more elusive than the abundant raccoons. However, they are breeding within our neighborhood. A few years back, we shared the following photos of a fox and her pups that had a den at Springview Elementary.