Gray Fox


Last evening as the sun was setting I spotted several gray foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) hiding in the brush. I’m still so accustomed to Australia, so when I saw eyeshine I momentarily thought of wallabies. Supposedly the gray fox is one of only a few canids that regularly climbs trees, maneuvering up trunks to reach food sources or their dens. They are omnivorous, hunting lagomorphs, rodents, birds, and insects as well as consuming fruit and plant matter. Gray foxes tend to be crepuscular and nocturnal, though they have round pupils in contrast to vertically-slit pupils in many nocturnal animals. This fox was quite weary of me, but let me get about eight meters away before sitting upright and stealthily slipping away.

Photographed after pursuit [3]


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