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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calebEOC - May 12, 2009 9:21 pm - Voted 10/10

Its certainly awesome looking

I like this picture, that is a unique animal right there.

Michael Hoyt

Michael Hoyt - May 13, 2009 11:49 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Its certainly awesome looking

Thanks, I thought so, too.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - May 12, 2009 9:23 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice shot, Mike

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?

Michael Hoyt

Michael Hoyt - May 13, 2009 11:51 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice shot, Mike

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.


hiltrud.liu - May 20, 2009 4:41 pm - Voted 10/10

What a beautiful fox!

An unique picture!!!
Cheers, Hiltrud

CRCM - Feb 10, 2011 10:43 am - Hasn't voted

Great shot

[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.

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