There has been a recent study of their winter hunting successes that shows direction is very important to a successful kill.
Researchers of Czech foxes recorded over 600 mouse attempts of 84 foxes. Their study, as an outside observer, showed a pattern.
“When they looked at each other’s notes, the researchers saw a pattern: For some reason, Czech foxes prefer to jump in a particular direction — toward the northeast. (To be more precise, it’s about 20 degrees off “magnetic north” — the “N” on your compass.) Most of the time, most foxes miss their targets and emerge covered in snow, and (one presumes) a little embarrassed. But, when they pointed in that particular northeasterly direction, they killed on 73 percent of their attacks. If they reversed direction, and jumped exactly the opposite way, they killed 60 percent of the time. But in all other directions — east, south, west, whatever — they did not have the success rate. Only 18 percent of those jumps were successful.”
Too bad the fox doesn’t know this.
Outside observers see patterns that insiders may not notice. That’s what Clark Telecom Consulting does. Observe and discover patterns for efficiency. We have the advantage of seeing more data points than a client sees. We recognize patterns that are helpful for savings.