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The red fox is found in Canada from coast to coast to coast. It is a shy, nervous animal, preferring to remain hidden from view.

The average weight of an adult red fox is between 3.6 and 6.8 kg (8 to 15 lb.). It resembles a small, slender dog, but is equipped with heavily furred footpads; only the Arctic fox has hairier footpads.

Red foxes frequently modify an abandoned ground hog burrow, but they will also dig their 3 to 9 m-long (10 ft. to 29.5 ft.) dens in sandy or gravelly soil, giving them 2 or 3 entrances. They make conscientious parents and the family unit remains intact until autumn, when the pups disperse.

Their winter diet consists mainly of small mammals like mice, squirrels and rabbits. In the summer months, insects, crayfish and vegetable matter play a more important part in their diet. They are preyed upon primarily by coyotes and bobcats.


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