In New York, several species of foxes can be found across different habitats. Here are the main types of foxes that are known to inhabit New York:
1. Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
The red fox is the most common fox species found in New York. It has a reddish-brown fur coat with a white chest and underbelly. Red foxes are adaptable and can be found in various habitats, including forests, fields, suburban areas, and even urban environments. They are skilled hunters and have a diverse diet.
2. Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)
The gray fox is another fox species that can be found in New York. It has a gray or grizzled fur coat with rusty-red coloring on its neck and sides. Gray foxes are known for their climbing ability and are able to climb trees to escape predators or search for food. They are primarily found in wooded areas and can adapt to suburban and urban environments as well.
3. Arctic Fox (Vulpes lagopus)
While not native to New York, Arctic foxes may occasionally be spotted in the state. These foxes are typically found in the Arctic regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. They have a thick, fluffy fur coat that changes color with the seasons, allowing them to blend in with their surroundings.
It’s important to note that foxes are wild animals and should be observed from a safe distance. It is illegal and harmful to feed or attempt to interact with foxes or any other wildlife in New York or elsewhere. Appreciate their beauty and behavior from afar, and respect their natural habitat.