Natural History: The Red Fox is an introduced species at the Presidio. It is essentially a nocturnal animal, but occasionally feeds during the day, and more at dawn and dusk. Red foxes mainly eat small mammals like rabbits, rats, and mice. If food is plentiful, they may kill more than they immediately need, and cache the extra food. This species has adapted well to urban areas, where their abundance and feeding habits can impact the remaining native species.
General Distribution: Introduced many places by hunting clubs, the red fox is now widespread across most of the United States. It likes mixed field and scrub areas and tends to stay away from heavily forested areas.
Frequency: The Red Fox is common in the Presidio.
Identifying Characteristics: The Red Fox has a red fur on its back and tail, the end of which is black tipped with white. It tends to have a large white bib under its throat.
Did You Know?
Herb Alpert, Grammy Award-winning bandleader of the Tijuana Brass, played in the 6th Army Band at the Presidio during the 1950's. Alpert later claimed the structure and discipline of the Army helped him with his music.