Sly Fox On Trail Cam

Watercolor Artist: Unknown, Image In The Public Domain.

Hey Everyone!

There are two species of foxes here in South Carolina, the red fox and the grey fox. The trail cam captured videos of a sly red fox! Red foxes are not native to South Carolina, they were introduced by houndsmen during the late 1600s from New England and Europe. The houndsmen loved using the red fox for hunting because of their crafty and elusive nature.

Collage Art by Debra Roinestad (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023

Foxes have been found in folklore fables for several hundred years as cunning, wise, and adaptable. According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, red foxes are declining in Southeastern states with the invasion of the coyote. 

The muzzle of the red fox is longer than the grey fox. Overall, the red fox favors open areas with lots of hedgerows. In South Carolina Lowcountry foxes begin to pair up for breeding in the late fall and early winter.

To learn more about the gray fox listen to South Carolina Public Radio, β€˜Nature Notes’ by Rudy Mancke click here.  β€œSo, what does the fox say?” click here. 🦊

Warm Regards,

Debra Roinestad

American Red-Fox (Vulpes Fulvus) from the viviparous quadrupeds of North America (1845) illustrated by John Woodhouse Audubon (1812-1862). Original from The New York Public Library.