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Sierra Nevada Red Fox Identification

Red Fox, Gray Fox, or Coyote?


Red Fox

photo of Sierra Nevada red fox with arrows pointing at ears and tail tip

photo of running Sierra Nevada red fox with arrows pointing at ears and tail tip

  • Tail tip: WHITE
  • Tail length: LONG (nearly body length)
  • Back of ear: BLACK
  • Body color varies
 

Gray Fox

photo of gray fox with arrows pointing at ears and tail tip

  • Tail tip: BLACK
  • Tail length: LONG (nearly body length)
  • Back of ear: ORANGE
  • Back and tail generally silvery gray
 

Coyote

photo of coyote

  • Tail tip: BLACK
  • Tail length: SHORT (much shorter than body length)
  • Back of ear: ORANGE