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Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes) are one of two fox species found in Ohio—the second one being the Gray Fox. Red Foxes can be found in many places in Butler County, including the newly opened area of Four Mile Creek MetroPark, called Mill Race Preserve Area, located in Oxford.
Red Foxes are in the Canidae, or canine (dog) family. They are related to coyotes, wolves, and even your pet dog! Despite their beautiful, bright reddish-orange coloring, they are often difficult to find. Spending most of their active time at night, they’re often awake when we’re asleep! They can sometimes be found hunting during daylight hours, however.
Red Foxes are true omnivores, eating both animals and plants. Common prey includes rabbits, mice, chipmunks, voles, groundhogs, and other small mammals, as well as birds. Fruits and grasses are also a common part of their diet.
At this time of year, foxes are busy caring for their young. The young fox kits should be growing big enough to begin joining their parents on hunting trips. They will stay with their parents until the fall, when the young are mature enough and have the survival skills to live on their own.
Let’s make a fox friend! If you want to make your own fox mask (out of a leaf shape!), use the instructions & template found here.
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