Foxes By Emilie Wright
Fox Species • There are members of 37 species that are referred to as foxes. • Only 12 of those species fall under the Vulpes category of “true foxes.” • The Red Fox is the most common and widespread species of foxes.
What do foxes eat? • Foxes are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. • They like to eat small mammals and reptiles like snakes, amphibians, scorpions, grasses, berries, fruit, fish, birds, eggs, and insects. • They also reserve their food by burying it under snow, leaves, or soil, for later consumption.
Fox Hunting This activity originated in the United Kingdom in the 16th century. Although hunting with dogs is now banned in the UK, hunting without them does still occur. Other countries that hunt foxes recreationally include Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia, and the United States.
Foxes and Folklore • The Achumawi Indians believed that a silver fox assisted the coyote in preparing the world for the coming of the 1st people. • Finlanders believed that the lights from aurora borealis (also known as “fox fires”) were produced by a fox painting the sky with it’s tail. • Foxes are also commonly associated with shape shifting, as seen in the Shinto religion. Taking the form of women to ensnare unwary humans.