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The Cross Fox: An Unusual Minnesota Animal

Photo by Jim Raml


If you’ve ever seen one of these fascinating creatures, you are one of the few lucky people that have had that chance. The cross fox has a color that is similar to the red fox, but what sets it apart from the other species is its distinct long dark stripe that runs down its back, intersecting another stripe to form a cross over the shoulders. Although not as valuable as silver foxes, the coats from cross foxes were often traded among fur traders. The value of the pelt depended largely on how dark the pelt was; if it was of a paler color, it was less valuable.


As for their physical conformation, cross foxes are identical to red foxes but vary in several other ways. They may be slightly larger with a bushier tail and more wool under their feet. Their flanks and sides are a reddish yellow color, while their muzzle, ears, and underparts are black. The tail is usually a mix between the two colors, but is very distinct always displaying a white tip.


Cross foxes are found in the northern areas of North America, which is why there have been spottings of these animals along the North Shore. They make up over 30% of Canada’s red fox population! Although they have a different look, cross foxes act in similar ways of any other species of the fox and are found in almost the same habitat.



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