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January 31, 2012 > Grey fox

Grey fox

Submitted By Rose Britton

The grey fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) is the dominant fox found from southern Canada to the northern part of South America. It was once the most common in the eastern United States and is still present but has been supplanted by the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) because of human advancement in that region.

This fox pup was very thin and lethargic when she arrived at Sulphur Creek Nature Center. She was found on June 28, 2011 with a bad case of biting lice and roundworms. Although she had a good appetite, she did not gain weight and started vomiting on the third day. Dr. Hackler, DVM, examined her. She was suffering from severe anemia because of the lice infestation. Dr. Hackler administered a course of antibiotics and treated the anemia with two blood transfusions.

When she returned to Sulphur Creek two days later, she was a completely new being. She ate and gained weight quickly, becoming quite feisty. She was moved to an outside enclosure where she could run, climb, and bask in the sun until she was released on August 3, 2011.

Later in the summer, we witnessed a wave of foxes and raccoons with distemper in Hayward, San Leandro and Castro Valley. Distemper is usually fatal in wildlife. Please remember to always keep your pets vaccinated.

For more information about the Sulphur Creek Nature Center, visit 1801 D Street, Hayward, call (510) 881-6747 or email sulphurcreek@haywardrec.org.

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