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Red fox (Vulpes fulva)

Red Fox

Visitors to Hart-Miller Island are more likely to find the tracks of the red fox (Vulpes fulva) than to see this canny subject of legend and folklore. The tracks are 2 to 2.5 inches long, round, and dainty—somewhat like those of a large cat except that the imprint of the toenails shows in the fox track, but does not ordinarily show in the track of the domestic cat. When the fox is trotting at its usual pace, the tracks are often in direct register—that is, with the back foot falling squarely in the track of the front foot. The fox’s diet includes mice, rabbits, insects, berries, and other fruits. Unlike its smaller woodland cousin, the gray fox, the red fox does not climb trees.

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