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Mt Rainier Fox
While driving to the Mt. Rainier Visitors' Center on May 3, 2009, this fox stayed quietly along the side of the road allowing me to get several shots.

Though it doesn't fit the standard descriptions, I believe this is either a Red Fox or a mix which includes Red Fox. If you know one way or the other, please let me know.

© Mike Hoyt, 3may09.

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calebEOCIts certainly awesome looking

calebEOC

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I like this picture, that is a unique animal right there.
Posted May 12, 2009 9:21 pm

thephotohikerRe: Its certainly awesome looking

thephotohiker

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Thanks, I thought so, too.
Posted May 13, 2009 11:49 am

Bob SihlerNice shot, Mike

Bob Sihler

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It looks as though the little guy is facing a stiff breeze. Was that the case? How was the weather in Rainier? Was that your first time there?
Posted May 12, 2009 9:23 pm

thephotohikerRe: Nice shot, Mike

thephotohiker

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Thanks, Bob. A little breeze, but mainly the fur was just matted, as if he/she had been lying on a melting patch of snow and gotten soaked.

It was our first time to visit Rainier...just a driving tour this time.

The weather was so-so, a little rain - a little snow - a little sun - typical spring in the northwest.
Posted May 13, 2009 11:51 am

hiltrud.liuWhat a beautiful fox!

hiltrud.liu

Voted 10/10

An unique picture!!!
Cheers, Hiltrud
Posted May 20, 2009 4:41 pm

CRCMGreat shot

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[I already replied to Mike privately, but in case anyone else is wondering..] It is a red fox, almost certainly the native Cascade subspecies. Red foxes can be many colors other than red. The Cascade subspecies has one of the highest proportions of "cross" and "silver/black" red foxes. The pictured fox is a "cross" phase red fox. I liked the picture so much, I asked Mike if I could use it in a museum display, and he graciously agreed. Thanks again, Mike! Kelly Cassidy, curator, Conner Vertebrate Museum, Washington State University.
Posted Feb 10, 2011 10:43 am

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on May 12, 2009 8:12 pm

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