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Can a red fox and a gray fox mate and produce viable offspring?

Asked by Adirondackwannabe (36625points) June 1st, 2012

A fox went across our lawn tonight. He was a mix of gray with orange on his shoulders. I’ve never seen that combination. What are you’re thoughts? He might have been a fox coyote cross, if that’s possible.

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Kayak8's avatar

This implies that it is NOT possible (see second post). This says they do not cross breed in the wild, but that is kind of vague . . . and doesn’t answer the question of viable offspring if they were breed in captivity. Finally, this implies it might be possible . . .

SpatzieLover's avatar

I think you saw a variation or mutation and not a cross-breed.

Here’s a taxidermy of a red/grey mix

LuckyGuy's avatar

I saw two with gray bodies and a red face the other evening. I figured they were juveniles but do not know for sure. Did yours look like these two ? (Single click any picture and it will come up larger.)

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