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#5852219 - 03/20/17 07:18 PM Grey fox behavior
AJE Offline
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I caught part of a show on PBS the other day in which Jon Olson was talking about Wi furbearers. I've heard that grey fox climb trees, but this was the 1st I've heard of them 'roosting' in trees. You'd think this would help them escape predators. I don't hear of many grey fox in Wi though. I guess they are probably more nocturnal & reclusive compared to reds though.
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#5852230 - 03/20/17 07:24 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
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They will and do climb trees.

Not only for protection, but to rob bird nests...
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#5852241 - 03/20/17 07:34 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
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Registered: 03/04/11
Posts: 3366
Loc: Montana ,Rocky mtns.
Trappers Post has a nice article being published on this in the next issue.

They do love trees- crossing on logs across streams and rivers- they are very versatile. Their feet are also different than other fox types.

Very pretty- and unique animals.

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#5852243 - 03/20/17 07:36 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
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Registered: 12/24/06
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Loc: N.W. Iowa
I shot one eating apples out of an apple tree in winter time while tracking a red, red was bedded about 30 yds from Apple tree, red ran straight away up hill, easy shot at 180 yds, fun to get two at once.
coon hunter climbing a tree to get a coon, almost touched a grey in a crotch of tree, he about pooped his pants! lol greys sound vicious

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#5852244 - 03/20/17 07:37 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
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Loc: N.W. Iowa
ya in snow I noticed greys feet are smaller, shaped differently, lil like a cat

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#5852245 - 03/20/17 07:40 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
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Loc: SE Georgia
Some hound training enclosure owners like them as they climb to escape the hounds when needed.

Other pen owners don't like this habit because the greys learn to climb immediately when the chase starts.

All do not climb when chased inside the pens...and they pay with their lives.
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#5852257 - 03/20/17 07:51 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
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Registered: 05/17/10
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Loc: potter co. p.a.
anyone who hasn't had the opportunity to hunt them at night is really missing out.i believe they eat a lot more fruit,berries and nuts than most realize.if i had to use one word to describe them it would be fearless.lucky to still have a good population in my area and think they are a beautiful animal,especially when well primed up.i also had an uncle that took 100 plus a year back in the 70's and he alway's said,go out and ride around after a snowfall and stop verytime you find one crossing the road.claimed he would put a trap in a baggie and push it right into one of it's tracks on each side of the road.he claimed you'll get the majority of them like that in a night or 2.which brings up the question of why i've never tried it. crazy one of my favorite critters.
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#5852290 - 03/20/17 08:12 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
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Registered: 02/20/16
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Loc: Virginia
Ground hogs can climb trees as well
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#5852299 - 03/20/17 08:17 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
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Loc: N.W. Iowa
their trails in wooded draws in SE MN used to be packed down highways, then distemper hit them bad, don't know if they came back or not

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#5852411 - 03/20/17 09:26 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
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Loc: New Hampshire
Plus Greys don't get the mange
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#5852412 - 03/20/17 09:27 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
AJE Offline
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I think greys are a bit smaller than most reds.
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#5852415 - 03/20/17 09:30 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
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Loc: N.W. Iowa
yup, but more vicious! they put up a tough persona

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#5852432 - 03/20/17 09:48 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
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Registered: 02/11/14
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They sure do put up a tough persona. My first great was the first and only time I've been bitten.

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#5852435 - 03/20/17 09:50 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
AJE Offline
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Registered: 01/22/16
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Loc: WI - Wisconsin
I have so few around here I was thinking about releasing it if I catch 1 incidentally. U guys make them sound vicious though. I guess I didn't realize that about them.
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#5852436 - 03/20/17 09:50 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
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I've had one grey carry a 1.5 long spring up a tree with him...
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#5852437 - 03/20/17 09:51 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
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And they are ill tempered to say the least...
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#5852453 - 03/20/17 10:03 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
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Originally Posted By: AJE
I have so few around here I was thinking about releasing it if I catch 1 incidentally. U guys make them sound vicious though. I guess I didn't realize that about them.


Too be fair I've also had one asleep in a set. He saw me and hound and went back to sleep. Caught him by 3 feet in 2 traps. But most are just mean.

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#5852464 - 03/20/17 10:12 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
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Registered: 12/24/07
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Loc: Kanabec Cty, MN
Have a large leaning windfall oak on my property where when it snows it is clear to see grey track up the trunk to a wide crotch where they bed down for the day. Another broken off hollow tree where they bed down in the bowl. Both are wind protected, in the full sun and commanding view. Greys are the the only animal I get in footholds that rather than a full length of chain away when approached are the full length toward me wanting to chew my ____!
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#5852466 - 03/20/17 10:15 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
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Registered: 12/24/06
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Loc: N.W. Iowa
use a catch pole to release, if you do

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#5852518 - 03/20/17 11:38 PM Re: Grey fox behavior [Re: AJE]
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Registered: 05/17/10
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Loc: potter co. p.a.
their bark is another queer aspect.sounds more like they are congested and trying to break it loose.also often means the gig is up and they've played the game already.
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