I'll be darned - if I were as smart as my smartphone I would have some great nature footage.
A red fox wandered through my backyard and stopped about fifteen feet behind a back window, staring at my cat that was sitting in the lawn about forty feet to my left.
I went to the window to survey the action. After a few seconds the fox saw me and ran about thirty feet to my right, clearing a stone wall and heading into into the woods. Cat saved! Uhh, cat saved?
Not exactly. The cat sprinted the width of the yard, cleared the wall with one bound, and chased the fox into the woods. Lest you wonder, the fox had to be four times the size of the cat physically and I infer the fox had a favorable match-up mentally as well. If there is a Stand Your Ground law in the wilderness, the cat won't come back the very next day, or ever. I will find out sooner than that, I hope.
UPDATE: The cat is back and fine and didn't even make me march into the woods looking for her, so 'Connecticut Man Mauled By Fox' won't be your headline. Well, I had my daughter's field hockey stick handy; I preferred the balance and length over my tennis racket.