Red Fox & Grey Fox
When you hear the word “fox,” you probably see a swift, wily creature with a full, bushy red and white tail. In reality, most foxes look a little bit like a small, dingy dog. However, they are indiscriminate hunters who are becoming more urbanized everyday. Read on to learn more about these vulpine-faced animals and how they could cause problems for you in your own backyard.
A “Tail” Of Two Foxes
The Red fox and the Grey fox are the two most common species found in southeastern Wisconsin. Nevertheless, it is possible to distinguish the two by the tip of their tails. Red foxes have white tips. Grey foxes have black tips. Both species are around 3 to 3.5 feet tall and weight roughly 9 to 11 pounds. Not only do these animals have a long, lupine face but also possess large, upright ears. Their excellent hearing helps them locate prey within one degree of the prey’s location. Their diet consists of mice, voles, berries, insects, waterfowl, poultry, sometimes garbage and rabbits- the latter being a favorite. One slight difference between these two lies in their mating seasons. Red foxes breed in mid-January with pups being born mid-March. However, grey foxes breed in mid-February with pups being born from mid-April to mid-May. Two different tails but a somewhat similar “tale.”