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  • About the size of a house cat, this wily little creature is the smallest fox found in the U.S.

  • But even at five pounds, they are the largest land mammal on the Channel Islands off the coast of California.

  • This is the island fox.

  • Island foxes are descendants of mainland gray foxes, but have grown smaller over thousands of years to adapt to the limited resources of their island homes.

  • In recent years, a chain of events caused these little foxes to be federally listed as endangered.

  • Bald eagles once lived harmoniously with the island fox, never considering them as food.

  • But then, the less forgiving golden eagles arrived in the Channel Islands, and began preying upon the island fox, hunting them to near extinction.

  • But through a recovery program, the golden eagles were relocated and the island fox population is on the rise again.

  • This is the island fox.

About the size of a house cat, this wily little creature is the smallest fox found in the U.S.

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