Red Fox

Red Fox

Scientific Name: 
Vulpes vulpes

The red fox is the most widespread and abundant species of fox. It lives across the entire Northern Hemisphere in a wide range of habitats.

The red fox has reddish-brown fur with a white underbelly and black legs and ear tips. It has a bushy tail with a white tip. The typical length of an adult red fox ranges from 18 to 36 inches for the head and body with a tail ranging in length of 12 to 20 inches. They often weight between 10 to 20 pounds, though some have been weighed as much as 30 pounds.

Habitat: 
Red foxes live in a range of habitats due to their wide distribution. They are equally likely to be found in open areas as they are forests. They also do equally well in colder climates as they do in warmer climates. Foxes live in dens dug into to earth. There is a main den for birthing and for shelter in colder months. There may also be several smaller dens dug within their territory and they are often connected to the main den by tunnels.
Diet: 
Red foxes are primarily carnivores, but they are also opportunistic, omnivorous eaters. They eat insects, mollusks, shellfish, fish, amphibians, reptiles, small rodents and birds. They also consume fruits, seeds and other foods they can scavenge. Red foxes are solitary hunters and usually keep their own prey. Male foxes share their prey with females (vixens) during mating and females will share with their young (kits).
Range: 
The red fox lives across the entire Northern Hemisphere. Within North America, the red fox can be found nearly everywhere except Mexico and some southwestern portions of the United States.
Range Map: 

Sequoia National Park

Size: 
404063 acres

Location

Sequoia National Park
Route 198
Three Rivers, CA 93271
United States
Phone: (559) 565-3341
36° 35' 16.4292" N, 118° 45' 8.7192" W

Famous for its giant Sequoia trees, Sequoia National Park is located in the southern Sierra Nevada region of California. It is adjacent to and jointly managed with Kings Canyon National Park. Sequoia National Park has a vertical relief of 13,000 feet and includes Mount Whitney, the highest point in the 48 contiguous United States.

Ocala National Forest

Size: 
430447 acres

Location

Ocala National Forest
3199 NE CR 315
Silver Springs, FL 34488
United States
Phone: (352) 625-2520
29° 13' 7.032" N, 82° 0' 54.6948" W

Ocala National Forest is located in central Florida north of Orlando. It is the southernmost national forest in the continental United States and the second largest in Florida. It was established in 1908 and is the oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River. Ocala protects the largest contiguous sand pine forest in the world and has over 600 lakes, rivers and springs.

Sourland Mountain Preserve

Size: 
4000 acres

Location

Sourland Mountain Preserve
East Mountain Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
United States
40° 28' 34.2588" N, 74° 41' 35.1996" W

Sourland Mountain Preserve is located in Hillsborough, New Jersey and is part of the Somerset County Park System. The preserve contains the northeast portion of the Sourland Region and features many outcrops.

The preserve offers family several opportunities within a quiet setting, including hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The white-blazed Ridge Trail is 5 miles long and ranges in difficulty from easy to moderate. An extension to the trail extends to Roaring Brook and a large boulder field.

Banning State Park

Size: 
6237 acres

Location

Banning State Park
61101 Banning Park Road
Sandstone, MN 55072
United States
Phone: (320) 245-2668
46° 7' 53.0076" N, 92° 51' 44.496" W

Banning State Park is located in Eastern Minnesota. The park resides within a shallow valley carved by the Kettle River and has many glacial potholes created by the Wisconsin glaciation thousands of years ago.

The river is a focal point of the park and provides a variety of water recreation. It is a popular place for canoeing and kayaking and features a 1.5-mile stretch of rapids, some of which are Class IV. Fishing is also a popular activity and record sturgeon have been caught in Kettle River.

Kittatinny Valley State Park

Size: 
5656 acres

Location

Kittatinny Valley State Park
4 Lake Aeroflex Road
Newton, NJ 07860
United States
Phone: (973) 786-6445
41° 0' 38.5092" N, 74° 44' 10.8672" W

Kittatinny Valley State Park is located near Andover, New Jersey and is known for its glacial lakes and limestone outcroppings amongst the Kittatinny Mountains. The area is also known as the Great Valley and outside of the park is largely agricultural land. The park itself has varied terrain, including fields, lakes, swamps and mountains.

Stone State Park

Size: 
1322 acres

Location

Stone State Park
5001 Talbot Road
Sioux City, IA 51103
United States
Phone: (712) 255-4698
42° 32' 50.3052" N, 96° 27' 10.5156" W

Amongst the Loess Hills in western Iowa is Stone State Park. The park is located in the northwestern corner of Sioux City and is considered an Urban Wildlife Sanctuary. The park is named for Thomas Jefferson Stone who purchased the Talbot Farm to develop into a park. The land was later sold to Sioux City, who, in turn, sold it to the state of Iowa.

Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Size: 
778000 acres

Location

Sawtooth National Recreation Area
5 North Fork Canyon Road
Ketchum, ID 83350
United States
Phone: (208) 737-3200
43° 47' 14.4024" N, 114° 25' 16.0968" W

Sawtooth National Recreation Area is located in central Idaho. Sawtooth is managed by the U.S. Forest service and its lands are within the borders of the Boise, Challis, and Sawtooth National Forests. The Sawtooth Mountains, Boulder Mountains and White Cloud Mountains are located within SNRA and there are 40 peaks over 10,000 feet. There are also hundreds of lakes that have been created by glaciers as well as the headwaters of the Salmon River.

Adirondack Park

Size: 
6100000 acres

Location

Adirondack Park
1133 NYS Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
United States
Phone: (518) 891-4050
44° 17' 47.7096" N, 74° 0' 14.4648" W

Adirondack Park is located in Northeast New York. The park protects the lands surrounding the Adirondack Mountain range and includes several major lakes, such as Lake George and Lake Placid. The mountain range contains 46 peaks above 4000 feet and the highest peak, Mount Marcy, has an elevation of 5344 feet.

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Size: 
111000 acres

Location

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
3100 Desert Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States
Phone: (757) 986-3705
36° 44' 4.7508" N, 76° 12' 58.3128" W

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The 3100-acre Lake Drummond is located within the swamp and is Virginia's largest natural lake. Boating and fishing are popular activities and there is a boat launch in the Feeder Ditch providing access to the lake.