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A Little Foxy

Foxes are found throughout Canada. We have four species - the red fox, the swift fox, the Arctic fox, and the grey fox. The red fox has the largest range of distribution for foxes in Canada, as it is found in every province except for coastal British Columbia. Swift and arctic foxes are also found in limited areas in Alberta.

Red foxes are the largest of the species (2.5-6.5 kg) in Canada and their tail is over half its body length (70% of its head and body length long, to be exact.) They may be reddish with a “cross” on the back or, rarely, black or may have silver-tipped hairs. Feet and ear tips are black; tail tip, white. They are especially common in farming and wooded areas.

Red foxes breed in January and February and have their children approximately 50 days later. They usually have a litter of 4-5 cubs, but can have anywhere from 1 to 10 cubs. Cubs become independent at about 6 months and breed in their second year. Foxes are monogamous and mate for life.
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