PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: GREY FOX

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East County News Service

August 7, 2017 (Boulevard) – John Mauris snapped these photos of a Cailfornia grey fox in Boulevard. Though less colorful than their cousins, the red foxes, grey foxes are even more agile.

These crafty foxes are one of only two species of canines capable of climbing trees.  

They are nicknamed  “tree fox” or “raccoon dog” due to their strong climbing skills, using their hind legs to scale trees and fences much like a cat, sometimes leaping from tree branch to tree branch to descend.   They may build dens in the ground, but also in hollow trees, sometimes as high as 30 feet off the ground.

They feed on not only rabbits, rodents and other small mammals including birds,  but also berries and other plant materials.