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