Gray Fox Behavior

by outdoorextremist


Gray foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) are a bit different than the rest of their canine.  Maybe it is because they evolved before the red fox and the coyote or maybe they gained some of their cat-like characteristics back later in their evolutionary history, but the gray fox is the most catlike of all canids.

What really sets gray foxes apart is their ability to climb.  Unlike other canines gray foxes have semi-retractable claws that stay sharp and enable gray foxes to grasp tree trunks almost like a cat.  Gray foxes can also rotate their forearms and climb by grasping a tree with their forearms and pushing up with their hind feet.  They will climb as high as 50 or 60 feet and will jump from branch to branch while up in a tree. Gray foxes climb trees for many reasons, including resting, foraging, or escaping from other predators.  They…

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