gray fox

(Urocyon cinereoargenteus)

Conservation Status
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Photo by Pete Schultz
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

The fur (pelage) is mostly grizzled, pepper and salt gray. The lower sides, sides of the neck, legs, feet, and back of ears are rusty-yellow. It does not have black “socks”. The tail has a black median stripe and a black tip.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total length: 30 to 44

Head and body: 21 to 29

Tail: 11 to 16

 
     
 

Sign

 
 

 

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) pellage is yellowish-red. The tail does not have a black median stripe. The tip of the tail is white. The feet have black “socks”.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Hardwood forests and woodlands

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Lifespan

 
 

6 to 8 years

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

15, 24, 29, 30, 76.

 
  2/11/2017      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common in the southeast, uncommon elsewhere

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Mammalia (mammals)  
  Subclass Theria  
  Infraclass Eutheria (placentals)  
  Magnorder Boreoeutheria  
  Superorder Laurasiatheria  
  Order Carnivora (carnivores)  
  Suborder Caniformia (dog-like carnivores)  
 

Family

Canidae (coyotes, dogs, foxes, jackals, wolves)  
 

Genus

Urocyon (gray foxes)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

California gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus californicus)

Costa Rican gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus costaricensis)

eastern gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus cinereoargenteus)

Florida gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus floridanus)

gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus nigrirostris)

gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus orinomus)

Guatemalan gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus guatemalae)

Madras gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus madrensis)

northern gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus borealis)

Panama gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus furvus)

Peninsula gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus peninsularis)

Scott’s gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus scottii)

Townsend’s gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus townsendi)

Venezuelan gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus venezuelae)

Wisconsin gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus ocythous)

Yucatan gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus fraterculus)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Canis cinereoargenteus

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

common gray fox

gray fox

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Pelage

The coat of a mammal, consisting of fur, wool, or hair, and including a soft undercoat and stiff guard hairs.

 

       
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  Creature Feature: Gray Fox
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Published on Aug 24, 2016

Two gray foxes will join the Museum’s menagerie of live native Ohio animals in the all-new "Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden — Presented by KeyBank," opening Labor Day weekend 2016. Gray foxes are one of the only canines that can climb trees—a fact that inspired the young foxes’ names. Buckeye and Ash were born in captivity and hand-raised in Minnesota. The pair have been bonding with their caregivers and getting familiar with their new home since July.

   
       
  Gray Fox - Urocyon cinereoargenteus
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Published on Sep 20, 2015

The gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) is a carnivoran mammal of the family Canidae ranging throughout most of the southern half of North America from southern Canada to the northern part of South America (Venezuela and Colombia).

GO HERE for more info http://www.urbancarnivores.com/grey-foxes/

Please click the following link and visit my YouTube Channel - tks, jd https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCohUvAnDUjG-NsYEmqzwjHg

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  Gray Fox Climbing a Tree (night vision)
Graeme Colmer
 
   
 
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Published on Mar 26, 2013

A gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) climbing a tree at night. Gray foxes are one of only two canids (dog family) with the ability to climb trees.

Taken in Groveland, California

   
       
  MRCA releases Gray Fox into the wild
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Published on Apr 30, 2014

Tony Charness with MRCA released a healthy gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) into the wild on Earth Day 2014. The fox had been found 19 days earlier in Wilson Canyon suffering from hypoxia.Thank you to the California Wildlife Center for rehabilitation of the fox. If you find wildlife in need of help, please call the center at (818) 222-2658.

Learn more about MRCA at LAMountains.com and the California Wildlife Center at californiawildlifecenter.org

   
       

 

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Billy Knuth
6/19/2019

Location: about a mile south of Bock Minnesota

We have a Gray Fox hanging around our yard that has a few kits with her. We think they are hanging out under the chicken coup. Seen playing early light of day.

 
6/23/2019 As an update, one afternoon last week we watched 2 pups come out from under the building!

Name withheld
5/25/2018

Location: Cross of Glory Baptist Church 4600 Shady Oak Road, Minnetonka MN 55343

walking around parking lot at 10:15pm


     
     
 
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