One of the GNG trail-cams caught some cuties recently – two Gray Foxes! This came as a little surprise. First, foxes have not been seen on the property in the past – although foxes definitely inhabit the Santa Monica Mountains. Second, there is much construction in the surrounding neighborhood, and that has seemed to disrupt larger mammal species that are normally seen in the GNG. Either way, we are very happy to add a new mammal species to the list!
Both Gray Foxes and Red Foxes can be found in Southern California, but it is only the Gray Fox that is native. Even though these night-time images were captured in inferred, telling the difference between the two species is easy. Gray Foxes have a black stripe that runs down the top of its long, black-tipped tail. Red Foxes do not have the black stripe, and their long tail is tipped in white.