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Gray fox

Urocyon cinereoargenteus (Schreber, 1775)


 San Gabriel Mountains, California

Background artist:

 Robert Russell Reid

Gray foxes are unique among canids in their ability to climb trees. Their strong, hooked claws allow them to scramble up trees to avoid predators or to get fruit. They descend by jumping from branch to branch. Gray foxes are active at night or at twilight, resting up during the day in hollow trees, stumps or old woodchuck burrows. Radio tracking data suggest that family groups maintain separate home ranges.

Biological Information


Southeastern Canada through the central United States to Oregon, and south to western Venezuela


Woody brushy country, often with rocky or broken terrain


No current concern


Small mammals, insects, vegetation

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for gray fox.