I was sitting here in my living room reading my devotional when I heard the distinct sound of dog food being eaten outside the window. Since the dog (rat terrier) is in the laundry room I assumed it was one of the chicken-killing neighborhood dogs. I turned off the living room light, grabbed the flashlight and peeked out the window. I spied a dog-like critter staring up at me. About the same height as my dog with gray markings and a bushy tail. It turned and ran before I could get a good look at it. I woke up hubby and we took the spotlight and gun outside. It had not run very far, instead it was hunkered down in the scrub on the edge of the garden watching us. It turned and trotted off. My initial feeling was coyote b/c of the coloring. But it did not run away "slinking" like the coyotes here do. And it was alone. My impression upon seeing it trot away was a fox. I didn't notice its ears or the markings on the tail. The close up view was partly blocked by the air conditioning unit and the Cozy Coupe. The coloring was very odd. I know there are gray foxes and that they can climb trees (turkeys free range and are in a tree), but they are rare. Does anyone have any info to share? Advice? Speculation? We didn't shoot it b/c we weren't sure of the laws regarding foxes here. And it was fairly close to the neighbors house.