Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)


These foxes are skilled tree climbers.

Distribution: throughout Louisiana, except extreme coastal plains, through most of US, Mexico, and central America, except mountainous north-western states and portions of the Great Plains

Habitat: prefers mixed woodlands and pastures; dens in hollow trees, logs, thickets, or underground burrows

Appearance: somewhat smaller than the red fox (8-12 lbs./ 30-44 inches), basic gray color; edges of the upper jaw, throat, and abdomen are white

Reproduction: mates for life; breeds from January through May; gestation 51-63 days; one litter per year; 3 -4 pups per litter; raised by both parents

Food habits: rats, mice, rabbits, insects, poultry, berries, fruits, corn, and acorns

Habits: nocturnal, territorial, are known to take naps on sunny tree branches Controls: prey to dogs; prone to distemper, parvo, rabies, roundworms, tapeworms, lice, and mites

Values: beneficial to man, because they eat a lot of mice and rats

BMPs for Trapping Gray Fox