Kat Miles - Sacramento Valley Red Fox Project (see also our reporting web site)
The Sacramento Valley red fox(Vulpes vulpes patwin) is a unique subspecies of red fox native to the northern portion of California’s Central Valley. Our research aims to better understand the ecology of this subspecies by investigating its habitat use, diet, and relationships with nonnative red foxes, gray foxes, and coyotes. We are using remote camera surveys and noninvasive genetic analysis of hair and scat samples to assess occupancy for each species among sites randomly selected from within several strata corresponding to two predictive habitat models. We will also combine habitat use data with fecal dietary analysis to explore niche overlap among these 3 species.