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Featured Species | Channel Island Fox (15:39)

Host: Dave Harrelson with Robert McMoran

Island fox. Courtesy of the National Park Service (click to view more images)
Island fox.
Photo courtesy of NPS


Status: Endangered / Listed on March 5, 2004
Scientific Name: Urocyon littoralis
Description: The island fox is the smallest North American canid, found only on the California Channel Islands. Four of the six subspecies of fox endemic to those islands gained Endangered Species Act protection in 2004 following catastrophic population declines caused by golden eagle predation and a canine distemper disease outbreak.
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Last updated: July 10, 2015