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Red fox

The Red Fox is often seen at Assateague Island National Seashore near the beach. The Red Fox searches for shorebirds, eggs or fish in this plentiful ecosystem. Red Foxes can be found throughout Assateague and are usually most active at night. Males are typically heavier than females. They bring food to the female when she is caring for her cubs.

Red Foxes are found in many parts of the world and they have the reputation for being clever scavengers. Some subspecies exhibit a silver fur color. The fox's large ears help when detecting mice that hide under the snow during Assateague's winter months. The red fox is a member of the dog family.

Red Fox populations are healthy despite pressure from humans and predators. Humans have long hunted them for their beautiful red fur and bushy tails. Foxes play a major role in controlling rodent populations on agricultural land. Although foxes have short life spans, some have been known to live up to 14 years of age.

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