Fox Could be on Endangered List

There may be as little as 20 Sierra Nevada Red Foxes left in the mountain ranges of the Sierra and South Cascades, or as many as fifty. Either way, the are living on the brink of extinction, but haven’t been given endangered species status. Recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced they will begin a review to see if they will grant that legal protection, the red foxes undoubtedly deserve.

The process for adding a species to the endangered list is sometimes so lengthy by the time a new addition is officially confirmed, the species might already be almost gone, and therefore the legal protection does nothing to prevent the extinction.

Hundreds of species are still stuck in government red tape in a legal sense, while their populations remain subject to the same conditions causing declines in their numbers. An agreement between government agencies described as an improvement in the process, still will take six years to make decisions on 251 species.

The review to determine whether to list the Sierra Nevada Red Fox as endangered requires is supposed to take only one year, but why has it taken so long for them to do the review?

Last year one of the very rare foxes was photographed near the Sonora Pass in California. It was the first sighting of one in so many years, some people believed they had been driven into extinction there.

Currently logging, off-road and over-snow vehicles, livestock grazing and fish stocking are threatening its mountain habitat. Also climate change is causing hotter, drier conditions which reduces the number of prey in their traditional habitat, so they have less to  eat and have to move higher into the mountains. The Center for Biological Diversity says the Sierra red foxes are at high risk for extinction. A species of chipmunk is believed to have vanished from the Sierra due to climate change altering their habitat.


Image Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


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Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado2 years ago

And they should be protected and placed on that endangered list. So sad and frusterating that Mankind seems intent on killing all that is of animal species. Disgusting. Thanks.

Lydia Weissmuller Price

Poor animals. Get those off-the-road vehicles out of there! The pitiful livestock are destined for slaughter and don't realize that other species are dying along with them. Right at the center of all this destruction is the evil, self-centered heart of man.

Lynn D.
Lynn D.2 years ago

They need all the protection they can get...thanks for sharing with us!

Thomas P.
Thomas P.2 years ago

Thanks. They need the additional protection.

Marie Hernandes
Past Member 2 years ago

At present, just about every species is on the endangered list or close to extinction. And US Fish and Wildlife Service does a lot to endanger these species. So I could careless what they have to say.

What have they done to Jamie Olson, who works for Wildlife Services in Wyoming...nothing that I know of. His the trapper that's trapped and killed many an animal in questionable ways and posted the gruesome pictures on Facebook.

Penny B.
.2 years ago

Their future doesn't look very good.

Jane H.
Jane H.2 years ago

Hope they decide to save these red foxes!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

Poor foxes!

Colleen Prinssen
Colleen Prinssen2 years ago

so we have a wolf issue, where they put Canadian Tundra wolves into Yellowstone and such.

and this red fox, is a subspecies of red fox.

now a subspecies becomes an issue. where as when it is a wolf issue. all wolves are the same.

Tracy P.
Tracy P.3 years ago

I have seen many many women over the last few years walking through Grand Central wearing red fox fur. They disgust me and I always notice how ugly they are and wonder why anyone would want to wear dead animals. As for the plea to put these beautiful creatures on the endangered species list, a no brainer really, but then again the fish and game people are not big in the brain department. From the looks of all the animals on the brink of extinction, not many people are all that smart. If the masses stood up and demanded that wildlife and the land they live on should be respected, then it would be safe, but the masses are not concerned with wildlife, the environment, or doing the right thing.