Gray Foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) have been spotted by staff at Prairie Ridge, mostly during evening hours. These small canids weigh between 7 and 10 pounds, and have a gray to reddish coat. They can be easily distinguished from Red Foxes by their black tipped tail. Red Foxes' tails have white tips. Gray Foxes are often secretive and can be hard to find. They can easily climb trees and will sometimes sleep perched among the branches.
These photographs of Gray Foxes were taken with a remote digital camera. This camera has an infrared sensor that is triggered by mammals large and small. A piece of cloth soaked in Red Fox urine was used to lure foxes to the camera. These photos are of two foxes investigating the scented lure on Thursday night.
The early spring months are the mating season for Gray Fox. This may be the reason for the increase in sightings of an otherwise secretive animal. During your next visit to Prairie Ridge keep an eye out for these elusive creatures.
Find out more about the natural happenings at Prairie Ridge at our What Time Is It In Nature Archive.