Although the Sierra Nevada Red Fox is the largest in size of its species, it unfortunately has the smallest population. Different types of Red Foxes can be found all throughout the northern hemisphere, however the Sierra Nevada Red Fox is found in the extreme elevation of the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade Mountains, giving our newest plain tail its name, ‘Nevada’. This extreme habitat has proven difficult for this species of Red Fox, making them one of the rarest mammals in North America, with only 20-50 living in two small California populations.
Although their environment has caused dramatic population decline, trapping, logging, and other recreational activities have played a large part in the Sierra Nevada Red Fox being named ‘Critically Endangered’ under the Endangered Species Act. This designation led the US Fish and Wildlife Service to ban the hunting and trapping of these mammals. Climate change and increased competition for food are expected to become problematic for the Sierra Nevada Red Fox in upcoming years.
Endangered Animals Initiative
Frontier is dedicated to bringing awareness to the endangered animals within the continental U.S.A. You can learn more about our endangered animal tails here.