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.