Gray fox

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Gray fox

Jim Baines level-classic 9/11/2011 7:15:35 AM

The Gray fox is the only member of the dog family that can climb trees, usually to seek refuge or in search of roosting birds. It can reach a speed of 28 mph for short distances and has lived for up to 10 years in captivity; longevity in the wild is probably much shorter. The Gray Fox is smaller in size than the Coyote and weighs 7 to 11 pounds. Its coloration is grizzled gray on top, with a white throat extending underneath; it is rusty-red along the sides. The tail usually has a black mane along the top, with a dark-gray or black tip. Gray foxes have elongated muzzles with a black band on each side and forward-pointing ears. Although primarily nocturnal, the Gray fox may sometimes be seen foraging during the day, seeking primarily small mammals, but being an omnivore, it will also eat eggs, insects, birds, fruits, acorns and berries. They are opportunistic feeders and have been known to dine on domestic cats,small dogs and human ankles. :-)

Jeff Robinson level-classic 9/11/2011 9:17:26 AM

Excellent capture and info Jim! #9665650

Steve J. Schoolcraft level-classic 10/6/2011 7:25:57 PM

Great photo Jim. I've seen these in the wild, but you don't get to see them this clearly very often. Nice! #9721035

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