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      RED FOX
      (Vulpes vulpes)


 Foxes have been a part of our literary culture for a long time. Usually portrayed as clever, quick and sometimes shifty the descriptions are not that far from the truth. They are very adaptive and intelligent. Foxes hunt mostly at night so they are not often seen by humans.

Best places to catch sight of a fox include the area around Edmonton, especially light woods, Miette Hotsprings area, open areas around Jasper. Foxes are shy of humans and encounters are usually very brief.

RED FOX ALBERTA


RED FOX
 
Foxes are related to Coyotes

 
RED FOX

Red foxes are small and slender, averaging 15 inches at the shoulder and 40 inches in length. Eyes look sharp and deep making the animal look highly intelligent. The bushy long tail is tipped with white as if dipped in paint. Fur is reddish, as its name suggests, and has a white chest and underside. It prefers a combination of open land and loose brush for shelter and is usually not found in dense forest. It feeds on animals smaller than itself including squirrels and mice, birds, rabbits, amphibians, eggs and supplements its diet with some berries and fruits. Its diet is almost as varied as a humans.

Like dogs the fox will have a litter of 2 to 3 kits, most often born in April and May. Like dogs the kits are born with eyes sealed and the eyes open about a week and a half after birth. Interestingly, the fox will bring the kits crippled animals so the young can practice their hunting and killing techniques.

RED FOX

Abundant foot hairs means less of the toes and heel pads contact the ground/snow. Look for straight/alternating trails for signs that a fox has trotted through the area. They can easily cover five miles in the dead of night seeking out prey.
 

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