Foxes on the Appalachian Trail

foxApproximately 8-15 pounds and a little more than a foot in height, fox inhabit the mountains throughout the trail.

The two most common fox species on the trail are the red fox and gray fox. The red fox has reddish fur and a bushy tail with a white tip. The gray fox has a grayish fur and a black tip on its bushy tail.

Like the coyote, fox are rarely seen by hikers. They feed on small rodents, rabbits, woodchucks, mice, squirrels, birds, eggs, and carrion.

Many fox have rabies, thus be sure to avoid any displaying strange behavior.

About the Author Steve Burge:
Steve Burge was the original founder of AppalachianTrail.com. He was a teacher for many years before starting a web development firm.