The Gray Fox is a member of the Canine Family. They are much
smaller than their
relative the coyote, growing between 32-45 inches long and weighing in at 5-9
pounds. They have a grayish coat with reddish colored hairs on the ears, neck
legs and underside. A black stripe runs along the top of its long, bushy,
black-tipped tail. The fox prefers to inhabit rocky canyon areas.
The Gray Fox is the only member of the dog family that can climb
trees, usually to seek refuge or in search of roosting birds.
The Gray Fox is primarily nocturnal, but may sometimes be seen
foraging during the day, seeking small mammals, but being an omnivore, it will
also eat eggs, insects, birds, fruits, acorns and berries. They breed in late
winter with pups born in March or April. They often den in boulder piles, caves
or other natural cavities. Both parents feed the pups, which become able to
feed themselves at around 4 months of age. Foxes often leave their scat in
prominent places, such as on the tops of boulders, as territorial markers.