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Red Fox

How to identify a roadkilled red fox?

Foxes belong to the family of dogs and are therefore often difficult to distinguish from dogs. However, roadkilled dogs are very rare in contrast to the high number of accidents with foxes. The red fox has a red coat on the top and a white coat at the bottom. Wherein the hue is very variable and depends on the area of distribution. The lower parts of the legs and the back sides of the ears are black. Even if the accident is long ago, most of the bushy tail remains.

Why are red foxes killed on roads?

From September to November young male foxes leave the parental territory, therefore it comes to a number of accidents just because of the frequent crossing of roads. In addition, the red fox has no special requirements to its habitat. Forests, grasslands, farmlands and increasingly residential areas are suitable habitats for the red fox. Foxes are probably in most cities present, but not everywhere in high densities. The city offers for foxes:

  •  Areas without human interference (night: Cemeteries, Parks)
  •  Microscale structures
  •  Good food supply: compost pile, table scraps, fruits, insects, mice, rats
  •  Secure retreat (sheds, Woodpile)
  •  No large-scale hunting

Due to this proximity to human settlements or the use of lands for hunting, it consistently comes to encounters between human and fox.


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