Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 11, 2010

Rare Red Fox reappears in the Sierra Nevada

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) playing with its kit.

Image via Wikipedia

A red fox  (Vulpes vulpes necator) has been spotted in the Sonora Pass area for the first time since the 1920’s.  Identification was through ” genetic slobber” and a fuzzy photo.  Until this recent spotting the red fox population (which is about 20) was only known to be living near Lassen Peak.  To read more go to the National Geographic Article: “Lost” Fox Subspecies Found via Saliva Analysis or LA Times article:  Existence of rare red fox confirmed

It is unknown if this discovery will change plans for US Marine training and a planned  snowmobile crossing in this area.

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