Anomalous Red Fox Sightings
The Black fox is a rare sight in the UK and is something of a mythological creature. This melanistic version of the red fox carries a recessive gene that means it's appearance in nature is a rare occurrence indeed. The practice of trapping and breeding melanistic North American red foxes in the 19th century resulted in the "silver fox", an animal model developed by the fur trade and then domesticated for tameness in an ongoing Russian experiment.
In recent years there appears to be a return of the melanistic gene to the UK fox population, and the number of anomalous red fox sightings has increased as a result. While some of these sightings will be of native wild foxes, some of the animals seen are that of escaped exotic pets in need of being located and returned home, which is why recording sightings and reports is so important!
Anomalous colour's reported: Black, Silver, Cross, White, Brown, Platinum, Piebald & More
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (Possess a basic 'backbone')
Class: Mammalia (Mammals)
Order: Carnivora (Possess carnassial teeth)
Family: Canidae (Dogs and dog-like carnivores)
Tribe: Vulpini (Fox-like canids)
Genus: Vulpes (from Latin meaning 'fox')
Species: vulpes (previously fulva for the North American red fox)
Click the image above or follow the link (mobile friendly) for an interactive map of reported sightings prior to 2017. Please note, that information reported after 2016 will now requires permission to access.
About Black Foxes UK
Black Foxes UK is a small, voluntary association of exotic animal enthusiasts that is dedicated to the collection & dissemination of accurate and reliable information on silver foxes and other red fox anomalies, in order to raise awareness and understanding of this beautiful and mysterious creature.
If you have seen an unusually coloured fox in the wild and would like your sighting recorded, then pop over to our Report a Sighting page and we will add your sighting to the list.
If you have lost a domesticated silver fox, we can notify you of any sightings reported in your area and can put you in touch with those who can assist in returning your pet. We can also provide advice on enrichment, training, welfare and containment, should it be needed.
If you are interested in joining Black Foxes UK as an independent reporter, or wish a member of Black Foxes UK to speak at your event, feel free to Contact Us for more information.
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