Can Foxes Climb Trees?

The gray fox does it all the time, and the red fox does it occasionally.

Although the gray fox lives all over the United States, it is seen most often in the forests of the Southwest and Mexico. The gray fox climbs trees so often it is also called the “tree fox.”

The odd thing is that the gray fox will not go up a tree if it is being chased but will quickly and easily climb a tree if it sees some fruit. Wild grapes and cherries are two of its favorites.

The gray fox climbs trees the same way cats do, hanging on and digging in with its front legs and pushing with the rear.

The gray fox is seldom longer than 27 inches and has a furry tail that is half that long.