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Gray fox sleeps in trees by day, hunts in backyards at night

Gray fox in tree. Photo by Joe Heath, Point Richmond, CA

I am a resident of Point Richmond.  Before the sun rose this morning I noticed movement about 10 feet up in one of our tall cedar trees at the back of our yard.  The silhouette looked like a fox.  As the light increased, it became obvious that it was, indeed, a fox.  It’s been in the same spot all day about 20 feet up.  I’m assuming it will descend this evening when it is dark.  I read that red foxes rarely climb trees.  So could this be a gray fox?
Julie Heath, Point Richmond, Calif.

Gray fox in tree. Photo by Joe Heath, Point Richmond, CA

It’s a gray fox. Gray foxes have retractable claws, like cats, and they stay very sharp. That’s why it’s easier for them to climb trees than red foxes. Red fox claws always stay out like dog claws and get worn down. The fox probably has a sleeping spot somewhere up in your trees and comes down at night to forage in neighborhood yards for food. That’s how they survive, living in suburbia. Clever dudes. /Gary

Posted by on November 16, 2010.

Categories: Foxes, Gray foxes

2 Responses

  1. This was very fun to see. My sister Julie had sent photos but on your website the photos appeared larger and clearly revealed the gray fox. I remember from my biology field trips day at Cal Berkeley the two species of fox common in the Bay Area but did not know that fascinating detail about gray foxes climbing trees!

    by Anna Nolan on Nov 16, 2010 at 11:28 am

  2. I was just out hiking in the point Richmond hills. As I was walking up the access road I saw a family of foxes. Three small ones and one large one.

    by Vanessa on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:49 am

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My name’s Gary Bogue. Animals have always been a big part of my life. From the spiders I collected as a preschooler, to the boa constrictor my parents gave me one Christmas when I was in high school, to the orphaned mountain lions, eagles, otters, hummingbirds, bears, and other wild creatures I helped raise and [...]more →