Description of Red Fox-Will you please describe a red fox. I have caught several that I call read foxes but some of my neighbors dispute my judgment and call them greys. They are a light grey color on the sides and back except a narrow stripe down the center of the back, which is nearly black. The under parts are dirty white bordered with red and light red behind each ear. The chest and throat are white and when viewed from the underside they appear to have a white ring around the neck. The tail has a black stripe on the top and about two or three inches of the end is black. The legs and ears are red, the latter tipped with brown. I am trapping in California.
The foxes which you describe are the Coast greys. The typical red fox is a light yellowish or rusty red with grey mixed hairs on the rump and flanks, tail tipped with white, legs black, whitish on insides, throat white, ears black or top, fur of much finer texture and longer than that of the grey fox.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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