TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Foxy
Common gray foxes are one of the most common mammals in California, but since these animals are active at night it can be very hard to spot one. One of the places you may want to look is:
(a) Down - in the water - they sometimes like to swim in lakes, or slow-moving rivers and streams.
(b) Under the hoods of automobiles that have just been run - for the heat of the engine.
(c) Up - they can sometimes be found lounging in trees.
(d) Behind - rocks, that is - they like to blend into gray fields of boulders.
(e) In flocks of sheep, where they like to pretend they are wolves.
(See answer near the end of this issue of News.bytes - Photo credit: Alden M. Johnson, California Academy of Sciences)
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TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK
(c) "Up - they can sometimes be found lounging in trees." Common gray foxes have the ability to climb trees to look for food, escape from danger, or simply to lounge around on a favorite branch. They can even jump between branches. Learn more about the common gray fox in our BLM California online wildlife database:
(Note: the Wildlife Database is hosted on the Department of Interior's secure Web server - see note under "Selected Upcoming Events" below)
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