Huggin’ Trees by Design

How do you survive if you're not the most dominant canine in an area? If you have to share space and potential food with your faster and sometimes much larger cousin, how do you and your kin thrive day in and day out? These are questions the gray fox, Urocyon cinereoargenteus, must answer. The common gray... Continue Reading →


Cautious Around the Trails

Leo Tolstoy once stated that the most important advice he could give would be to "stop a moment, cease your work, look around you." It's doubtful Tolstoy had white-tailed deer in mind when he said this, but surely this advice applies to cervids, especially those living near areas that attract walkers, joggers, and cyclists. Over the... Continue Reading →

Not Playing by the “Rules”

Legend tells of a fox as black as night, so that it can never be seen in a man's shadow. Although sometimes seen in juveniles, this black-phase phenomenon is quite rare. Foxes love urban green patches where they can hunt and also enjoy a life of secrecy. Remarkably, in ecosystems with larger predators, they continue... Continue Reading →

Follow the Crowd and Keep Chewing

The story says that in 1832 a scientist found a deer tooth in a Virginia cave. After close examination, he noticed that the tooth was hollow. That simple observation allowed the scientist to name this animal Odocoileus virginianus. Odocoileus comes from a combination of the Greek words for "tooth" (odontis) and "hollow" (koilos). White-tailed deer... Continue Reading →

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