upei.ca/redfox hits 2500 sightings

A red fox in Charlottetown. Photo by UPEI MSc student Hailey J. Lambe.
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Posted on Thursday, 20 March 2014

The PEI Urban Red Fox Research Project recently hit a major crowd-sourcing milestone when it received its 2500th fox sighting to its website upei.ca/redfox. Since the fall of 2012, Islanders have been logging on to upei.ca/redfox to report their sightings of red foxes. These reports provide researchers with an important source of data that helps them better understand the fox population and how it interacts with humans on Prince Edward Island.

With this data, the research team has discovered areas of high red fox activity in Charlottetown and has identified dozens of den sites and possible den sites for further research. More data would allow the PEI Urban Fox Research Team to discover even more about this species, including possible public health concerns.

If you spot a red fox on Prince Edward Island, visit upei.ca/redfox.

For information:
Dave Atkinson, Research Communications
(902) 620-5117, datkinson@upei.ca