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 Post subject: Animal ID?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:44 am 
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Image. Anybody know exactly what this is? Red or Grey fox?? Yote?


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 Post subject: Re: Animal ID?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:56 am 
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Cross fox?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:01 am 
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A color variety of the common red fox; the animal probably is an escape from a fur farm, but there's a chance it might be a wild one.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:14 am 
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Looks like a melanistic (=black) red fox -- the white-tipped tail gives it away as a red. White tail tips are VERY rare in gray foxes. I didn't appreciate the variety of color phases of the red fox until I visited the museum in Valdez, Alaska a few years ago. They had taxidermy mounts of 4 or 5 color phases. The incidence of these color genes in the lower 48 is much lower than in northern Canada and Alaska. You made a very cool find. It might well be a descendant of a fur farm fox, or an escapee.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:19 am 
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Wow, pretty cool! Time to set some more cameras out :)


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Very cool fox right there the thickness of the tail stands out compared to ours down here. I recall an encounter with a pure black fox around 20 years ago and despite continually looking for it to try to photograph never saw it again. Unfortunately digital cameras were not yet invented.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:00 pm 
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Beautiful animal. Around here they call it a cross fox but it is just a color variation of a red fox.


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I think it's a Silver Fox, colored variation of the red fox

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:45 am 
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Thanks all.....its was awesome to get answers to this question from all over the world! Everybody seems to agree that it is a variation of the red fox. Is there also variations of the grey fox?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:49 am 
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He looks pretty good sized too.

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