Body length: 21 - 29"
Diet: Rodents, birds, eggs, fruits, and nuts
Shy and elusive, gray foxes are not often seen at Tonto National Monument. However, they may be common. Look for their small dog-like tracks, approximately two inches long, along trails and throughout the Monument.
The diet of gray fox in western states is varied, and includes prickly pear fruit, insects and other arthropods, small mammals, carrion, reptiles, birds, juniper berries, and acorns. They are most active at night, retreating to rock outcrops, hollow trees, and underground burrows during the day.
Did You Know?
The first known written record of the cliff dwellings at Tonto National Monument dates from 1880. Archeologist Adolph Bandelier visited the dwellings in 1883, and said they were some of the best preserved he had ever seen. More...