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Gray Fox

In the past century, gray foxes have become nearly as common as red foxes in New England; due to their secret nature, we don’t see them as often.  Because of their mixed coloration of gray and red, gray foxes are often mistaken for red foxes, but there are two easy ways to distinguish them.  Only the red fox has black feet, and the red fox has a white-tipped tail, whereas the tip of the gray fox’s tail is black.  The gray fox is the only member of the dog family capable of climbing trees; its semi-retractable claws enable it to pursue tree-dwelling animals such as squirrels.  Gray fox kits are now coming out of their subterranean den, and can be seen investigating and playing with nearby objects such as feathers left over from previous meals.

3 responses

  1. Cheryl Weinstein

    I live in New London, NH and I just saw a gray fox on a country road. There were 3 cars on the road and he seemed confused. He ran along the road, leading the cars, not seeing how to duck back into tree cover. He was quite gray as the red fox I once saw in my yard was a glistening red.

    July 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    • wrote a book for my family, Any relations im the South? My logonid of Grayfox started the whole thing/. Regards Bob Holland

      November 9, 2011 at 11:55 pm

  2. Gary bob W

    Great pics, we have a family under our pergola now just saw one of the dark gray kits

    June 1, 2020 at 11:42 am

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