Three hundred years ago, grey foxes were much more common throughout the U.S. than wolves, coyotes, or red foxes. That’s because we had more old-growth forests and these beautiful animals thrive in areas with large, knobby trees with hollow openings, which are their preferred dens. They also use trees for climbing and hunting. That’s right: a dog that climbs trees!
The last few centuries have brought a sharp population decline to the grey fox due to the loss of our old-growth forests. Although they are not endangered yet, they have been largely displaced, particularly in the Eastern half of the country, and their homes need protection.