Prince Edward Island has red foxes Even on the outskirts of the city, it is not unusual to see one scurrying about. Although rare, you may see the occasional black or silver fox. They have their litter in the early spring and the young are take out to hunt in he summer. If you overlook a grassy area, especially on the North Shore, you may see a family of foxes moving about.
Although they often have a reputation for stealing chickens, that is a very rare occurrence. They most often feed on small game like rabbit, squirrel and ground nesting birds. When times are tough, they also feed on various berries and insects. Their thick coat makes them look bigger than they really are. Red Foxes weigh 4 to 7 kg (9 to 15 pounds).
Their reddish brown coat makes good camouflage in the summer. When there is snow on the ground, they stand out, giving opportunity for great shots like this one. But please, no matter how pretty they look, do not feed them. When the tourists feed the foxes, they forget how to hunt. When the tourists leave, the foxes lose their easy source of food. Furthermore, dependence on human feeding makes them seek out food and approach cars driving by. This can cause safety concerns: you could hit one who is jumping around cars, or one might get aggressive expecting to get fed. Foxes should naturally fear humans. Excessive feeding has made them seek out humans; so be careful.
So please enjoy PEI’s natural beauty. Take lots of pictures of the foxes and let them find their own food.