Learn about the island fox - a once-endangered canid whose vocalizations arent so mysterious after all.
This week, we’re going to find out more about the island fox, and answer a question that was frequently asked in 2013: what does the fox say?
Island foxes are found on six of the eight Channel Islands near the southern California coast.
Island fox trivia
Why they’re threatened
Although always a low-population species, the island fox flirted with extinction in the late 1990s. The presence of DDT—a notorious pesticide that also troubled brown pelicans—had wreaked havoc on the islands’ bald eagle population. In their absence, golden eagles moved in and began to prey on island foxes. By 2004, the island fox was critically endangered.
The good news? The Channel Islands National Park has since endeavoured to help its favourite fox species recover; for example, it removed golden eagles from the islands and re-established bald eagles. The result of these efforts is a happily recovered population of island foxes, though the species is still listed as “Near Threatened."