Remember, those beautiful animals that Fish and Wildlife and ranchers have been trying to extinguish as local pests for decades – the threatened California Red Fox?
For nearly a century, people believed that these beautiful foxes had escaped from fur farms. In the 1900s, many hunting parties used the excuse that these foxes were thus local pests and should be hunted to extinction.
Then along comes Ben Sacks, a biology professor at the University of California-Davis decides to run genetic testing on this animal to find out its origins because there was little data available on this species. Testing shows that the Sacramento Valley Red Fox is a distinct subspecies, unique to lowland areas north of the American River and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
“Thank you for setting aside conventional beliefs and using the tools we have been given to learn more about the uniqueness of each animal family and through this data save a species.” –
Excerpts courtesy of http://www.terradaily.com/New species of fox found in California html
Image courtesy of http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/photos/06-2007/red_fox_lg.jpg