An expressive red fox by Glen Bowman

Where are they from?

Red foxes are found in all of North America except for the plains of the United States.

What do they eat?

They are solitary when they hunt and forage for their omnivorous diet. They will adapt their diets to their surroundings, eating things from small mammals like rabbits, mice, and squirrels to worms, berries, fish, and fruit. If they live around humans, they are also apt to eat from garbage.

How do they act?

Red foxes sleep on the ground most of the time, but when it is time to have their pups, they find a den. They are nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night, which is when they most often hunt. However, they can also be seen during the day.

Are they endangered?

The red fox is listed as “Least Concern” on the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

Mammal Moment

It is unclear if the red foxes in the United States are native, brought over from Europe, or hybrids. What a mystery!


Are you sly like a fox?