Island Fox

An Endangered Animal

Basic Information

The island fox is the smallest North American Fox, usually the size of a large house cat, found only on the California Channel Islands. Island foxes are primarily monogomous and mate for life, with a pair sharing a territory until one member of the pair dies. Born in the protection of a den, the pups are blind and helpless at birth. The kits emerge from the den at three to four weeks of age and soon begin foraging for food with their parents.

Whats Killing Them?

Years of livestock grazing have replaced native brush with open grassland and exposed the fox to new predators like the golden eagle, which moved onto the islands after DDT had eliminated bald eagle populations.