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Sacramento Valley Red fox Photo Ben Sacks
2014-10-10 03:00:11

Provided by Kat Kerlin, UC Davis News Service Imagine attempting to trace your genetic history using only information from your mother’s side. That’s what scientists studying the evolution of the red fox had been doing for decades. Now, University of California, Davis, researchers have for the first time investigated ancestry across the red fox genome, including the Y chromosome, or paternal line. The data, compiled for over 1,000 individuals from all over the world, expose some...

grey wolf in yellowstone
2014-06-17 04:58:51

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fur trapping records across North America have shown the population of wolves in a given area has a dramatic effect on smaller animals, according to scientists. The study included areas from Alaska and Yukon to Nova Scotia and Maine. In areas where wolves are present, red foxes are favored. In areas where wolves are absent, coyotes are favored. Coyotes outnumber foxes an average of 3-to-1 where wolves are present. However, in the...

Increase In Lyme Disease Causes Drop In Red Fox Numbers
2012-06-18 15:29:31

A continued increase of Lyme disease in the United States, once linked to a recovering deer population, may instead be explained by a decline of the red fox, UC Santa Cruz researchers suggest in a new study. The team's findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveal that although deer populations have stabilized, Lyme disease has increased across the northeastern and midwestern United States over the past three decades. The increase coincides with...

2011-07-21 05:20:00

New research has found that in urban fox families, the mothers are the ones who decide which cubs stay and which must leave. Red foxes have successfully established themselves in urban areas, living in family groups with a dominant male-female pair and a varying number of subordinate adults, according to the researchers. Some of the cubs remain in the family group for the rest of their lives, while others leave to search for another family to join. Scientists have hypothesized what drives...

2010-06-14 14:09:51

The scientific community already knew that many carnivores eat fruit, but had thought this was something purely anecdotal. Now researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) have shown that carnivorous animals such as foxes and martens play an important role in helping fruiting plants to reproduce and disperse their seeds. Far from viewing the relationship between carnivorous mammals and plants as irrelevant, a team of researchers from the USC studied how foxes and (Vulpes...

2010-02-08 13:28:00

By Joe Kosack, Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist, Pennsylvania Game Commission HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Interested in finding something new and different to try this winter? Coyote hunting may be just what you're looking for, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. "Calling a coyote into shotgun range is one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had in the outdoors," said Perry County Wildlife Conservation Officer Steve Hower. "Catching...

2009-06-17 13:55:00

Wild Australian dingoes could prove to be beneficial to small native animals and even cattle farmers, according to new research.Reporting in the Royal Society's journal Proceedings B, Dr. Mike Letnic from the University of Sydney said that despite common fears that dingoes threaten certain animal populations, they could actually help smaller native creatures stay alive by killing other animals that pose dangers to their existence.The dingo is known to hunt kangaroos, which feed off of plants...

2009-03-30 12:36:00

BETHESDA, Md., March 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --On March 26, 2009, eight criminal charges were dropped against Maryland animal welfare advocate Harriett Crosby for rehabilitating injured foxes without a permit. In a settlement, Crosby pleaded guilty to one count of refusing to obey a lawful order to turn off her car and she agreed not to sue the officers who seized the animals. Upon approving the settlement, the District Court judge fined her only ten dollars, sending a clear signal to...

2008-08-20 03:00:25

By Kozlowski, Adam J Gese, Eric M; Arjo, Wendy M ABSTRACT. - Successful coexistence of sympatric canid species often relies on the subdominant species' ability to reduce competition through the differential selection of niche space. Information regarding the process of niche selection and its effect on the structure of canid communities in the Great Basin Desert is unavailable. From Dec. 1999 to Aug. 2001, we quantified the spatial, dietary and temporal resource overlap of kit foxes (Vulpes...

2008-02-09 09:05:00

Going back three decades or so, foxes had a pretty sweet deal in the East. Two species, red fox and gray fox, were the only wild canine predators present. They could claim that exclusive status since red wolves were persecuted out of business by people somewhere back in the 1800s. During the 1970s, however, Western-native coyotes little by little immigrated east, spreading their range into the vacuum left by the red wolf. Since then, coyotes have occupied virtually all of the eastern United...

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Blanford's Fox, Vulpes cana
2012-06-22 15:49:58

Blanford's fox (Vulpes cana) is native to areas of the Middle East. Its range includes Egypt, Afghanistan, Turkestan, the West Bank, Israel, northeast Iran, and southwest Pakistan. It has many other common names including the royal fox, dog fox, steppe fox, black fox, and king fox. Blanford's fox can reach and average body length of seventeen inches, and weigh as much as 6.5 pounds. The fluffy tail is approximately twelve inches in length and bears a black tip. The fur is tan in color,...

Pale Fox, Vulpes pallida
2012-05-25 11:57:06

The pale fox (Vulpes pallida) is a species of fox that little is known about. It blends in with the sand within its habitat that ranges from Senegal to Sedan, through the African Sahel. It prefers habitats in semi-deserts and stony deserts, but will sometimes wander into the Sahara. There are five recognized subspecies of this fox. The pale fox is long, but small with short legs. It can reach a weight of up to six pounds. It has large ears, which are typical to desert dwelling canids, and...

2009-02-16 18:51:14

Rüppell's Fox or Rueppell"˜s Fox (Vulpes rueppellii), also known as the Sand Fox, is a species of fox found in North Africa and the Middle East, from Morocco to Afghanistan. It is named after German collector Eduard Rüppell. This fox is 15.75 to 20.5 inches long and weighs approximately 3.75 pounds. It is a small canine, and is much smaller than the Red Fox. It is sandy in color with black patches on the muzzle. It has a long, white tipped and bushy tail. This species has fur on...

2007-01-22 15:53:53

The pine marten (Martes martes) is an animal in the weasel family, native to Northern Europe. It's around the size of a domestic cat. Its body is up to 20.87 in (53 cm) long; its bushy tail can be 9.84 in (25 cm). Males are slightly larger than females. On average a marten weighs 3.3 lb (1.5 kg). Their fur is usually light to dark brown and grows longer and silkier during the winter months. They have a cream to yellow colored "bib" marking on their throats. Their habitat is usually...

2007-01-22 14:23:23

The island fox (Urocyon littoralis) is a small fox that is native to six of the eight Channel Islands of California. It is the smallest fox species in the United States. There are six subspecies of the fox, each unique to the island it inhabits, reflecting its evolutionary history. Other names for the Island Fox include coast fox, short-tailed fox, and island gray fox, Channel Islands Fox, Channel Islands Gray Fox, California Channel Island Fox and Insular Gray Fox. Its small size is a...

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