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Facts About the Akron Fox

Akron foxes fall under Canidae family like dogs, coyotes, wolves and jackals. There are 21 species across the world. They characteristically have bushy tails, big ears, and a triangular face with a pointed snout. They are smaller than Ohio dogs and have variant coat colour and pattern.

Foxes exhibit both polygamy and monogamy behaviours during breeding seasons. The Ohio vixens only mate once in a year and are receptive to males in a 3-day period. The mating period takes 3-7 weeks while pregnancy lasts 51-53 days. A vixen will thereafter deliver 3-5 cubs.

Cubs are born in dens in hollow trees, crevices and unoccupied houses. A vixen stays with the pups to provide warmth, feed and protect them. The litter’s eyes open 8-14 days and regurgitated meat is ingested three weeks later plus other whole foods. Lactating ceases and weaning begins at 5-8 weeks. The Akron cubs emerge from their den at week six then at 8-10, they completely leave the den. They start hunting at the 3rd month then gradually gain independence and leave the natal area from 6-9 months of age when they are sexually mature.

Their population is mostly established in urban, agricultural, suburban, and natural environments Ohio areas. They always seek for covered areas which have abundant supply of food. This makes them extremely versatile with regards to natural environment. There are various Akron fox species found in:
- deserts
- mountains
- plains
- woodlands

They usually create dens where they live but go underground when winter starts. Some Ohio species are forest obligate while some are endemic to certain regions of the world.

Akron foxes are highly adaptable animals, they are opportunistic omnivores that feed on insects, meat and plant matter. They forage by either hunting or scavenging, a wide chunk of their food is meat from a wide range of vertebrates and invertebrates. Human refuse and Ohio rabbits make up a large portion of their diet. Carrion, house mice, reptiles, amphibians, vegetables, grain, grapes, apples and blackberries are also their food. Their predation is largely felt at agricultural landscapes as they prey on livestock.

Ohio foxes are chiefly nocturnal, they are also crepuscular (active in early mornings). They exhibit scent markings with scats, urine and other anal secretions. They define their home range with some vocalisation, aggressive and non-aggressive confrontation. These critters communicate with a repertoire of around 28 types of vocalizations. Most of the species are solitary in nature but they sometimes work jointly especially if it’s hunting or defending the territory. Akron foxes cache their food which is used during lean times. Their pack has a dominant dog and vixen plus other subordinate females.

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