The red fox is a member of the canid family, which also includes wolves, coyotes, and domestic dogs. They have a very keen sense of smell, excellent hearing, and good vision. Red fox can run at speeds of 30 miles per hour and are good swimmers.
In captivity, red fox live roughly 12 years; however, three to four years is the average life expectancy for wild foxes. Adult red fox have very few natural enemies. Predators include coyotes, eagles, great-horned owls, bobcats, and mountain lions. Hunting, motor vehicle fatalities, and diseases such as rabies, mange, and canine distemper also contribute to their mortality.
Red fox are beautiful animals and can make for an enjoyable watchable wildlife experience.
Red fox are similar in appearance to a small, slender dog. Adults weigh 8-15 pounds and are roughly 3-4 feet long including the tail. They have an elongated muzzle and pointed ears that are typically held erect. Despite the name, red fox are not always red. They have genetic variations resulting in four recognized color phases: red, cross, silver and black. The red color phase is the most common observed in wild red fox, with all other phases being fairly rare. In all color phases, red fox have a characteristic white-tipped tail.