Box Biology: The red fox Vulpes vulpes resembles a small dog with a long bushy tail, large pointed ears and a pointed muzzle. As these small canines’ name suggests, the red fox’s fur is typically a dark reddish-brown to a soft yellowish-red. A variety of color variations exist. Some so-called red foxes have silver-tipped black fur , which was sought after by the silver fox fur industry. The most common color phase found within the Sierra Nevada is the ‘cross fox’, which is characterized by a black cross marking formed by two black stripes on its back; one across the shoulders and the other down the back. Even with these color variations all red foxes have four common markings – white-tipped tails with white undersides and black feet and legs. The average weight of males ranges from 4.5 -5.4kg and females’ range from 4.1-4.5kg.
Nuisance Concerns: FOX & COYOTE DISEASES: Both can carry rabies, just like any canine. Beware of any wild animal that displays unusual behavior, such as lack of fear, inconsistent walking, etc.
HOW DO I GET RID OF FOX & COYOTES? The best method is trapping and removal.