Interesting thing today,
i had spotted a red calf on it's own yesterday at the edge of one of our woods, it looked to be a late calf and a bit of a piner (jaggy coat) so i decided to grab the rifle and try and get a closer look today.
Couldnt see it so decided to check a clearing in the wood . On the way through found the calf dead at the base of norway spruce with blood at the throat, on checking ,there were multiple deep bite marks to the throat and also a small (fist size ) bit eaten from the groin ,with some pine needles banked up against the wound.
Looking at the leaf litter you could see where the calf had been sitting about 30m away beside another tree over an old stone wall and a trail of scuffling and broken branches from there to where i found it from what must have been a fair struggle before it was overcome. There wasnt any hair out of the calf except it's tail was stripped . The fox must have been getting a fair rattling as the calf wasnt as small as i had thought and still in fair flesh. but it just goes to show how opertunistic and effective mr fox can be . The trail cam is set but after being there it may take a day or two get any trade.