A family of red foxes has been roaming around Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau, and we're here to share some adorable pictures of them with you.\nRed foxes were introduced, yet again, to our island's ecosystem three years ago.\nSee photos of these cuties below!\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nDid you know that there is a family of red foxes at Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau island? Maybe you've never spotted them in real life, but a scroll through the park's Instagram page shows that the cute critters pop up now and again when guests are quick enough to snap a picture. While admiring the adorable photos a while back, I encountered a caption that explained the red fox population currently on the islands was "introduced to the park's ecosystem to control exploding rodent populations, particularly marmots."\nI was curious to know more about the introduction of these adorable animals and how their new presence on the island has impacted the eco-system of both Île Notre-Dame and Île Notre-Dame Île Sainte-Hélène.\nSo, I got in touch with Parc Jean-Drapeau's Communications Advisor, Kaven Gauthier, who graciously hunted down a bunch of information for me, including talking with Yvan Lafrance from Montreal's La Faune, a company that provides "innovative solutions" related to the presence of animals near industrial and commercial facilities.\nGauthier let me know that there were actually two or three families of foxes on both islands about ten years ago — but they seemed to have disappeared, until three years ago.\nThe teams at the park eventually started noticing that the populations of groundhogs, squirrels, and skunks were exploding, causing several problems related to maintenance and safety.\nThere were no longer any signs of red foxes as predators in the park, though why they disappeared remains unknown.\nView this post on Instagram Pas mal plus facile à repérer maintenant. 👀😏 #fox #renard #parcjeandrapeau #cutie #ilesaintehelene #ilenotredame #hiver #winter #montreal #mtl 📷: @lafransh038 A post shared by Parc Jean Drapeau (@parcjeandrapeau) on Nov 20, 2019 at 5:00am PST\nIt could be that the foxes were hunted, accidentally killed by vehicles, or just picked up and established dens elsewhere, as foxes are nomadic animals and therefore are unafraid to explore and establish in different locations.\nView this post on Instagram Next Natgeo nature photographer of the year. . . . . . . . . #montreal #parcjeandrapeau #naturephotography #natgeo A post shared by Sabih_ul (@sabih_ul) on May 14, 2018 at 6:40pm PDT\nAbout three years ago, La Faune captured six red foxes wandering around the island of Montreal. The eventually called Parc Jean-Drapeau to see if the park could help in reintegrating the foxes into the wild.\nSince Parc Jean-Drapeau was having problems with rodents populations, the goal was to naturally rebalance the ecosystem.\nREAD ALSO: Earthquake In Montreal Apparently Manages To Crack Some Walls Around The City\nToday, Gauthier thinks there are five foxes left on the island, with the sixth still being a bit of a mystery if it's just a super sleuth or has perhaps wandered out of the Parc again.\nIn the winter, when the river freezes, the foxes are able to bound right across the ice and right back onto the island of Montreal, which is perhaps what happened with the mysterious sixth fox.\nView this post on Instagram Date officielle qui marque le début de la saison hivernale. Nos renards se sont vêtus de leur plus beau pelage pour l'occasion! 🦊❄️ . . . . #faune #fauneduquebec #fauneqc #mtlmoments #montreal #hiver #winter #parcjeandrapeau 📷: @gladproduction A post shared by Parc Jean Drapeau (@parcjeandrapeau) on Dec 21, 2019 at 5:44am PST\nView this post on Instagram On profite des derniers rayons de soleil... 🦊 . . . . #fox #renard #parcjeandrapeau #automne #fall #autumnblues 📷 @dondrums100 A post shared by Parc Jean Drapeau (@parcjeandrapeau) on Sep 30, 2019 at 2:00pm PDT\nI was even tempted to try and go snap my own pictures for this article because Gauthier made it seem like spotting them wasn't all that rare. In fact, he said on the day he visited Île Notre-Dame to conduct his first interview, he spotted one. It must have been a good omen, considering he got the job.\nAnother time, during a lunchtime yoga class, a fox strolled over, plopped down and just chilled in front of the yoga class while it was going on.\nThe red foxes aren’t dangerous to humans and are usually very curious.\nHowever, feeding wild animals can result in them losing their survival instinct and their natural desire to hunt. It can also cause a dependency on human activity to survive.\nView this post on Instagram Gardez l'oeil ouvert pour notre ami le renard 🦊 . . . #parcjeandrapeau #nature #MTLmoments #faune #animals #explorecanada #quebecoriginal #Fox #SoMontreal #Automne ( #📷 @bchamontin ) A post shared by Parc Jean Drapeau (@parcjeandrapeau) on Oct 24, 2018 at 5:00am PDT\nAlso, a natural fear of human activity is important for animals as this helps them avoid being hunted or hit by vehicles.\nSo if you're hoping to spot les renards roux next time you're at Parc Jean-Drapeau, leave the snacks behind.\nInstead, just bring a good camera, head out around dusk when the foxes like to hunt, and cross your fingers.\nYou just might get lucky!