Photo by Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
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The common gray fox, Urocyon cinereoargenteus, is native to woodland and shrubland habitats of central and southern Utah. The range of the species also includes much of the rest of the United States and Mexico. Although the gray fox is similar to other fox species, it can be distinguished by the combination of a median black stripe down the length of the tail and a black tip on the tail.
The gray fox is an opportunistic omnivore, eating small mammals, insects, birds, fruits, and eggs. The species mates in late winter, with females producing a litter of three to five young about two months later, in April or May. Gray foxes are primarily nocturnal, but they can be active at all times of the day. Gray fox dens usually occur in small caves, hollows in logs or trees, beneath boulders, or in abandoned burrows of other animals. Interestingly, gray foxes often climb trees to avoid danger.
(Utah Division of Wildlife Resources http://dwrcdc.nr.utah.gov/rsgis2/Search/Display.asp?FlNm=uroccine)
Gray Fox dig in sand
Tracks are 1-1 ½ inches.
Scat is small, rope like and may contain hair or plant materials.
Tracks are 1-1 ½ inches. Scat is small, rope like and may contain hair or plant materials.
Keep dogs leashed, especially when on trails and in open areas.
Never let your dog chase or “play” with foxes.
Cats should be kept indoors.
Use electric fencing to help keep fox away from pets and livestock.
If you have an encounter with an aggressive fox please alert the contact the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources office near you. If the encounter occurs after hours or on a weekend, please call your local police department, who can call a conservation officer to handle the situation. Click here for more information.