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Gray fox

The gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), or grey fox, is a carnivorous mammal of the family Canidae, widespread throughout North and Central America. This species and its only congener, the diminutive Channel Island fox (Urocyon littoralis), are the only living members of the genus Urocyon, which is considered to be the most basal of the living canids. Though it was once the most common fox in the eastern United States, and still is found there, human advancement and deforestation allowed the red fox to become more dominant. The Pacific States still have the gray fox as a dominant. It is the only American canid that can climb trees. Its specific epithet cinereoargenteus means "ashen silver".

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This is Nova. A grey fox at Red Wolf Sanctuary in Indiana. He was rescued from behind a dumpster at a petsmart because someone decided a baby fox was too much to handle. Of course they are. They are wild. Not house pets. But he will be cared for now. In a loving place. With respect to the fact that he is wild but loved none the less.

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