12 January 2011 “Extinct” Fox Caught on Film Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 5 comments | Share: Smile, you’re on camera! It doesn’t happen very often, but every now and then an animal previously considered extinct comes out of hiding, surprising us all. And that’s exactly what happened when U.S. Forest Service cameras caught this critter on a motion-activated camera for the second time, confirming that Sierra Nevada red foxes have returned to northern California. The Sierra Nevada red fox is one of the rarest, most elusive and least-known mammals in California and the United States. Once found throughout California’s mountains, the animal was thought to be extinct from the Southern Sierra Nevada for the past two decades. Not only that, but experts believe there could be not just one, but a whole population of these foxes in the area. Forest Service wildlife biologist Diane Macfarlane said last week, ”There’s enough diversity in the DNA that we think there is a fairly strong population there after not showing up in this isolated area for years and years.” The sighting is exciting news for the critters once thought to be extinct, but it should also serve as a reminder: we have a responsibility to protect our endangered wildlife, and to prevent them from ever disappearing in the first place. Sometimes, we don’t get a second chance. Learn more: Read more about California’s “mountain fox.” See how Defenders is working to keep wildlife from the brink of extinction. 5 Responses to ““Extinct” Fox Caught on Film” geoff January 13th, 2011 as a fox lover, i thought this cool, but was dismayed to find that it is the only article tagged “red fox” so overlooked, they are. Rachael January 18th, 2011 How exciting is this?! What a beautiful, absolutely stunning creature! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn more about this fox, since I was born and raised in the Sierra Mountain area. Keep up the good work keeping us educated DOW! Kris July 7th, 2012 What a cute fox! Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Recap of Pinetop Hearing; Celebrating Sucesses: 700,000 comments from wolf supports in to USFWS regarding wolf delisting proposal; this week USDA annouces they plan to audit Wildlife Services Predator Program. Also- another call to action for our supporters: Tell your Congressman to sign Grijalva and Fitzpatrick’s letter endorsing continued protection of gray wolves! Audit of Wildlife Services to be Conducted in 2014 United States Department of Agriculture’s Inspector General has confirmed that they will be undertaking an audit of Wildlife Services’ Predator Control program in 2014. A rare sighting at Skilak In a remote part of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, our Alaska representative catches a rare glimpse of a majestic but elusive animal.