The Sierra Nevada Red Fox will be listed as Endangered The species after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made its decision on Tuesday. The slender, furry fox is one of the rarest mammals in the United States, and its population has been under threat since the 1970s. According to federal wildlife officials, the number of red foxes in an area from Lake Tahoe to the southern United States has dropped to only 40. Yosemite National parks in California.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stated in a ruling that foxes in parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains south of Tahoe “are in danger of extinction throughout their range.”Although the agency admits that there is no clear remaining number animalAccording to estimates, there are only about 40 left in California.
“Although the exact number is still unknown, death toll, It is far below the population level that can provide the population with flexibility, redundancy and representativeness,” the agency said in a statement.
Some threats have been identified as the main reasons for the decline in the number of red foxes. These include wildfires, droughts, and competition from coyotes. Due to increased breeding with non-native foxes, they are also threatened.Another factor affecting their population is climate change.
About 20 years ago, some scientists announced that the red fox was Sierra Nevada Region; In 2010, when a small group of red foxes surfaced again, the situation changed. California banned the trapping of red foxes in 1974, and this situation continues to this day.
In the past, several attempts have been made to identify the Sierra Nevada red fox as an endangered species, but they were all unsuccessful.Biological Diversity Center Petition Federation government Protected animals in 2011, and filed lawsuits in 2013 and 2019. In 2020, the US Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list foxes as an endangered species.
The Sierra Nevada Red Fox is one of the 10 North America A subspecies of the red fox. This red fox has a puppy-like body, only 3.5 feet long, with pointed ears and a large tail.
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