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Red Fox

Volpus volpus

Where it was photographed: Spizzle Creek area of Island Beach State Park

This landlubber is quite small, rarely growing to be more than 10 pounds. Though the red fox might not often be thought of as an estuary creature, they once lived in very large numbers in the areas along the estuary, such as Island Beach State Park. The red fox is no longer common in the estuary.  Though fox populations are low at the present time, their populations are known to by cyclical.  Red fox feed off of mice, small birds, and rabbits that make their homes in the marsh.  Their preference is to hunt mice and other rodents that live along the estuary; however, they can often be seen foraging different species of the estuary (such as in this photo). They represent a perfect example of how mammals of the watershed can thrive off of organisms of the estuary, just as the life in the estuary thrives off of nutrients provided by the watershed (through creeks and streams). The terrapin in its mouth was already dead, demonstrating that nothing ever goes to waste in the estuary.  The Red fox does not hunt turtles, this is an example of a land (or watershed) species foraging for food in the estuary.

The red fox is a perfect example of how the watershed and the estuary intertwine.