Where are they found?
Gray foxes are found everywhere in the United States except for the Rocky Mountains and the plains. They are also found in Canada and parts of South America.
What do they eat?
They are omnivorous, meaning that they eat both meat and plants, though the plants are mostly supplementary. They eat a wide variety of things such as fruits, insects, small mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and amphibians.
How do they act?
Gray foxes are nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night and sleep during the day. They are able to climb trees, a rare trait among members of the dog family. They take over previously occupied dens made by foxes, woodchucks, or other mammals, and rarely make their own. Gray foxes are more aggressive than red foxes.
Are they endangered?
The Gray fox is listed as “Least Concern” on the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
The Gray fox has evolved to have a natural resistance to a mite that results in skin irritation, thickening, and eventual death from malnourishment–sarcoptic mange. The red fox does not have this resistance.
Did you know gray foxes could climb trees?