The Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

These members of the dog family (Canidae), and one of the most widely distributed of the Carnivora species. They are medium-sized predators, or mesopredators, and mainly prey on small rodents, shrews, rabbits, birds, and eggs. However, red foxes are both omnivorous and opportunistic and will feed on fruits, nuts, and seeds, as well as carrion and garbage. Like black bears and raccoons, their diverse diet enables them to thrive alongside human development. Foxes cache extra food and return to it multiple times.

Males are called "dogs," and females are "vixens." They come in a range of different colors including black and silver. They're sometimes confused with gray foxes, but their characteristic white-tipped tail will distinguish them from other species. They live three to four years in the wild and weigh up to 15 lbs. Voles appear to be the favored food of the red fox, and pictured above is one of their hunting tactics for securing such prey.

✔️ The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. “Red Fox | Diet, Behaviour, & Adaptations.” Encyclopædia Britannica, 17 Oct. 2018, www.britannica.com/animal/red-fox-mammal. ✔️ “Red Fox Species Profile, Alaska Department of Fish and Game.” www.adfg.alaska.gov, www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=redfox.main.