We have all heard the expression “sly as a fox,” “fox in the hen house” and “crazy like a fox.” These phrases apply to a handsome member of the dog family that is found throughout Virginia. In fact there are two members of this canine family that are indigenous, the Red and Gray fox. Red foxes are found in most of North America, Great Britain, Australia and parts of North Africa. Grays range from southern Canada to northern Columbia.
Red foxes are usually rusty red with a white underbelly, black ear tips and legs, and a bushy tail with a white tip. The red tone can vary from dark chestnut to golden.