Colorado Ranch Wildlife - Red Foxes on your Ranch

Apr 2, 2017 -- Posted by : admin

For such a small creature, the red fox is quite the majestic beauty. There is something magical about seeing one saunter across the grounds of your ranch, especially after a fresh snow. They are commonly found in many habitats throughout Colorado. These habitats include woodlands, open pastures, as well as urban areas closer to the city. They are rarely found in desert lands and their preferred habitat would be an area near water. These loners like to travel solo and typically stick to an area of around 5-10 square miles.

The fox is one of the smaller members in the Canidae family. Weighing in around 8-15 pounds and growing to a length of only 3-4 feet, including its tail. And don't let his name fool you. Although red is the most common color for this animal, it does vary in color. It can also be seen in cross, silver, and black. The one trait that remains common, is the white tip on its tail. These animals have a rather short life span, of just five years, when living in the wild. Which is less than half of its peers living in captivity, they can age up to 15 years.

The red fox is a Colorado native that can been seen throughout most of the state.

Spring is mating season for the foxes. The male foxes mate in burrows with the vixen for several days. After that takes place the vixen is then in gestation for up to two months. An average litter size is around six kits, although there have been reports of vixen having up to 13 kits. The kits (also known as pups) mature rapidly. They are quite independent around 20 weeks but stay close to their den until fall comes. That is when they move out and begin a life of their own.

It is imperative to remember a few things about these animals should you cross one on your ranch. Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds us that they are NOT pets. As cute and cuddly as they appear, never approach, feed or try to capture a fox. These are wild animals and you should treat them as such. The best thing to do if you see one, is to admire it from afar. If you would like to enjoy these experiences in your own Colorado ranch, feel free to contact us so we can guide you through the process.

A red fox imperiously surveys its surrounds as it enjoys the warm sun.


Most Recent Posts

Ranch Attire Part II - Accesories

Cowboy fashion has evolved over the last hundred years from…

Classic Western Americana

‚ÄčIf owning an iconic western ranch is on your mind, then there’s never…

Ranch Attire Part I - Colorado Ranch Style

Behind the bravado attached to cowboy fashion, there is a fantastic…

Tips to Prepare Your Ranch For Sale

Getting ready for your ranch sale? Here's how to make sure you…

6 Expert Tips on Private Hunting Land for Sale in Colorado

Colorado is full of opportunities for those who're looking for a…

Receive updates on new ranch listings and closings by signing up for our free newsletter. Sign Up

© 2020 by, LLC is an equal housing opportunity provider. All Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed & subject to change.

  Coldwell Banker | Global Luxury