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Fox family forces shooting range to shut down

Posted at 5:41 PM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-21 14:40:25-04

One of the ranges at a popular shooting complex has been temporarily shut down, and it's all because of who has decided to call the complex home.  

A family of Kit foxes has built a den in the back of one of the shooting ranges.  

"They're rolling around, playing, wrestling, chasing each other," says Chris Michael, the range master at Clark County Shooting Complex.  

Workers at the range noticed the mom and her three pups and immediately made the decision to shut down that part of the range.  

"They are in the backstop, and the target stands are set up right in front of it, so as the bullets pass through, they enter the burm area," says Michael.  

Just a couple hundred yard away are gunshots, that don't seem to bother the wild family.

"They were born here, so basically they've been here for all of their young life, and they're used to the noise," says Michael.  

Michael says the workers have no plans to remove the foxes from where they have made a home, and will reopen the range once the pups grow up and move out.  

"We're out here in the wild, so we share the area with the wildlife," says Michael.  "We want to protect and respect that." 

According to the Humane Society, foxes generally leave their mother's den sometime in the fall.