Red Foxes: Omnivores, not Carnivores!

A red fox eating fruit.
Foxes eat plant-based foods in addition to meat.

The red fox is the most widely distributed member of the dog family in the world. Part of the reason for its success is its ability to thrive on almost any diet, ranging from nearly nothing but meat in some areas, to nearly nothing but fruit in others. Here in East Tennessee, a fox’s typical diet is up to 50% fruits, nuts, tubers, vegetables, nuts and grasses during the summer and fall, but mostly small mammals during the winter and spring.

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