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Weed, Pest & Animals
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Fish and Wildlife
Where Foxes Live
Found in all parts of Canada.
Lives in a burrow that was dug by another animal
May dig a tunnel of its own in loose soil
Dens may also be under buildings
Can have more than 1 entrance
Grass and leaves line the den
Might have more than 1 den for a family
Male is a dog, female is a vixen, young are pups
Belong to the same family as the dog, gray wolf and coyote
Small slender mammal
Pointy nose and pointy ears.
Body length is 100 to 112 cm. including tail
White throat and underbody
Legs have black paws with white "socks"
Long bushy tail, white at the tip
Beautiful fur is reddish or sandy in colour
Fur can also be brownish, black or silvery
Eating Habits & Hunting
Hunts for rabbits, hares, lemmings, squirrels and mice
Also eats birds, eggs, insects and snakes
Very good sense of hearing
Picks up sounds of small animals in the grass, underground or under the snow (fox in the snow)
Keen sense of smell , can locate a nest of eggs
Hunts from dusk to dawn
Also raids chicken coops on farms
Enemies & Protection
Wolves, lynxes, fishers, bobcats, cougars and coyotes hunt it
Trapped for its beautiful fur
It runs along logs, doubles back or wades in water so hunters cannot follow its scent
Warns others with a sharp bark
Foxes living near people are hit by cars
Average life span is 3 to 5 years in the wild
Some may live over 10 years
female (vixen) has 4 or 5 pups in the spring.
up to 10 pups could be in a litter
male brings food to the vixen so she can stay with the pups.
in a month pups can eat meat
family stays together till fall
by winter the young are on their own
many foxes die before they are 1 year old
a group is called a "skulk"
foxes can carry a disease called "rabies" (a bite spreads the disease)
stories are written about the fox's cleverness and trickery
Other species of foxes are gray fox, swift fox, kit fox, arctic fox and fennec fox
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