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Palo Alto: Gray Foxes Decimated by Disease in December

posted Feb 8, 2017, 1:01 PM by chloe owens

1/4/17, by Eric Kurhi, The Mercury News

Palo Alto: Gray foxes decimated by disease in December

…The 17 foxes belonging to four skulks, or groups…[some] have gone missing or turned up dead in the last month, victims…Wildlife officials say they are victims of canine distemper syndrome – a common virus that afflicts carnivores, including man’s best friend. But while the family dog is usually inoculated against the disease, wild relatives including foxes, coyotes, and wolves as well as raccoons and skunks, are very vulnerable…Unlike the invasive red foxes that are also found in the area, the gray fox is native and has the unusual ability of being a canine that can climb trees…talking with other conservationists about the need for better wildlife corridors…a clear example of the need for animals to have more room to roam.