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Gray fox

FILE - A gray fox.
FILE - A gray fox.

Rudy Mancke helps a listener identify an animal he saw in his yard.

Transcript (edited for clarity):


Hi, this is Rudy Mancke from USC for NatureNotes.

Edward lives in Florence County, SC, and sent me a photograph of an animal that was walking through his yard and he wondered whether it was a fox or a coyote. And it was a gray fox. Foxes are smaller than coyotes.

But the gray fox has a gray body with a little bit of reddish on the neck, as did this one, and a black tip on the tail that really runs down the top of the tail.

So gray fox, it's one of the two foxes we've got. And this is the fox that is able to climb trees and oftentimes hides because nobody's looking up. When they see something like this go by, they keep looking on the ground. Gray fox can climb right up the side of a tree. Red foxes never could do that.

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Rudy Mancke served as naturalist and co-host of South Carolina ETV's NatureScene, which began its long run in 1978. His field trips, broadcast nationwide, have earned him a legion of dedicated viewers. Rudy's knowledge of the complex inner-workings of different ecosystems and his great admiration for the natural world make him the perfect guide. In fact, the National Wildlife Federation and the Garden Club of America honored his commitment to resource conservation with special awards. Since retiring from SCETV, Rudy has gone on to teach at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.