Kit Fox

Kit Fox
Kit Fox Photo Credit: Keith Kohl, ODFW

Overview

  • Species Common Name Kit Fox
  • Species Scientific Name Vulpes macrotis
  • State Listing Status Threatened

Ecoregions

Special needs

Kit foxes inhabit desert and semiarid regions. They are closely associated with salt desert scrub.

Limiting factors

Limiting factors are unknown for the northern range of this species. Issues of small population size, habitat loss and degradation, local predation by coyotes, and collisions with vehicles may impact the kit fox.

Conservation actions

This species is difficult to census, probably due to low density in Oregon. A cost-effective method is needed to determine population status and trends from the northern part of the kit fox range. Radio-tagging animals opportunistically may help to inform future conservation actions.

Key reference or plan

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. 2014. Kit Fox Research 2013-15: Interim Performance Report to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Grant Number F13AF00838. Unpublished; available from ODFW.