Black Fox-like animal

by Helen Cory
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

Recently while driving near Gowganda in Northern Ontario, we saw what looked like a black Fox. It was not a Red Fox as its legs were way too short and it was a smaller animal.


I'm mystified as to what it could be, as all I can find out about foxes in Ontario is that the red fox has a variation of colours.

Could this be another animal? It had the long thick tail of a fox, but its nose seemed to be a bit shorter. The coat was a dark gray to black ..... no hint of red on the chest as my internet search has suggested.

Anyone have any clues?

Cheers,

Helen

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Oct 29, 2017
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Black Fox sighting in Sudbury
by: MacD

My wife and I were driving home the other night in the South End of Sudbury and a Black Fox ran in front of the vehicle. I was surprised to see it but after a internet search we realized there have been other sighting in the Sudbury area. This may be the first sighting recorded in the city proper.
We have seen many Red Foxes in the area so I guess the Black Fox would share the same habitat, they are just not as plentiful. Wish I would have had a dash-cam...

Oct 28, 2017
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Black Fox sighting
by: Anonymous

Kenora, Ontario sighting on October 27, 2017. Never seen one before. Wow. Quite the sight.

Oct 16, 2017
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Black seen in Trenton Area
by: Anonymous

Walking the trail at The Big boulder in Glen Miller this morning, a black fox crossed the trail about 30 ft in front of me. Tried to take a picture but he was gone.

Sep 05, 2017
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This Morning
by: Anonymous

In the Town of Fort Erie, along the Niagara River, this Black Fox was observed as he appeared to have been sitting along the edge of the property, near the river. He did take off as soon as I exited the house. Beautiful observation.

Jul 21, 2017
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Black Fox sighting - Sudbury Ont.
by: Anonymous

While walking through my property at the cottage in Sudbury (Lake Penache) I spotted a beautiful grey-black fox drinking from a natural spring at the back of my property. I spooked it and it ran away through the dense trees ..... I thought to myself "what was that" --- small animal with a thick bushy tail similar to fox; however, I have not heard of a black/grey fox. A couple internet searches have confirmed that I saw a black fox.

Quite an amazing sight!

Jul 18, 2017
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Was this a black fox?
by: Anonymmonicaous

I was hiking on a trail near Arkona, Ontario, yesterday, and spotted something black and furry darting away. From the corner of my eye, I thought it was a squirrel, but it was much too large for a squirrel, and, this had pointed ears and a distinctly white tipped tail. After looking online, I'm quite certain it was a black fox. Is this rare for this area? (I too, had no idea they even existed).

Jul 15, 2017
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Black coloured fox (silver fox)
by: CJ

Just spotted a black coloured fox with white on it's face and end of tail, it was 5 km SE of Upsala, Ontario. It ran across the Trans Canada Highway right in front of us. On further research, we now know that it is referred to as a silver fox due to the silver tips of it's hair.

Jan 30, 2017
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Black Fox seen in Greenwood, NS
by: Anonymous

Leaving work, off to my left, I saw a beautiful black Fox. First time I've ever seen one.

Jan 13, 2017
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Black
by: M. Williams

We routinely see a healthy black Fox around this area. Since fall 2015 a black Fox (part of red fox family) has walked down our driveway, sat on side of road at dusk, and run across the ice in front of our cottage on southern Georgian Bay. I have good photos if anyone is interested.

We would love to see your pictures! Please go to our "Area Animals" section and scroll down to the part that says Enter Your Title, and go from there! Tell us what you saw, when you saw it, and what the animal was doing at the time.

Thank you!


Nov 07, 2016
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Black Fox Sighting in Winnipeg
by: Anonymous

On October 17, 2016, a black fox appeared near me. It had a bushy tail with white tips. It stared at me for a few seconds then disappeared into the brush. No time to get a photo. Not having heard of a black fox, I tried researching on internet but not a lot of information was available. I live in South St Vital, and reading of the post of Anonymous (also from South St Vital) dated April 18, 2016, thought perhaps the black fox I saw was the black kit she saw but all grown up! It was an exciting experience to encounter a black fox!

Nov 04, 2016
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Black Fox sighting in Martock, Hants Co. NS
by: Anonymous

About 3:00 pm, yesterday, Nov. 3, 2016, two friends and myself saw a black fox for the first time in Martock, N.S. Crossing the dykes near the Avon River. Beautiful animal. The fox looked healthy and could hear us, and was more curious than afraid.

Sep 30, 2016
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Sighting on Beausoliel Island
by: Becky from spray rock

We saw a black Fox on the island across from our cottage which is directly across from the north end of Beausoliel Island on Georgian Bay. It looked like a black Fox (which I didn't realize even existed) so I googled "black fox" and came across all these other sightings which makes me know that I'm not crazy and they do exist ;)
Really neat to see!

Aug 14, 2016
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Right in Charlottetown
by: Anonymous

Tonight as I got home, I saw a black fox with a gorgeous whitee tipped tail venture right across my property on Upper Prince St. I watched it scamper down the street and cross over the street into a neighbors back yard.I didn't know black foxes existed before tonight.

Aug 14, 2016
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Black fox
by: Anonymous

Last night on August 13 2016 around supper my family was here and lots of witness, we noticed a black fox pass by on my property. Unfortunately there was no time to get a picture. He was definitely black and a long bushy tail. Looking to see if anyone else seen it in Downs Rd and Wooler area?

Aug 02, 2016
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Black fox-like animal
by: Anonymous

There seems to be a black fox-like animal living in my yard. Only had 2 sightings. I haven't seen the face but the rear end has a pure black fox like tail. Larger than a cat. It is about the size of a fox. Could it be?

Jul 24, 2016
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Black Fox
by: Ted

I was driving to my daughters in Midland and spotted a Black Fox walking down the road near Georgian Bay and then left the road and went into the bush. I guess the timing was right 8 pm it was all black with a white tip tail. When living in the Yukon I would see Red Foxes often when walking to work.

Jul 20, 2016
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Black Fox on Hwy 71, North Western Ontario
by: Anonymous

I not only saw, but pulled over to the side of Hwy. 71 (in the Kenora, Ontario District) in the early evening of July 18, 2016, in the middle of 'nowhere' (in the Boreal Forest area) and took a picture of a BLACK Fox, with a white tipped tail. I had just rounded a curve and sighted a red fox on the highway, seemingly playing with a black animal. Both darted off into the ditch together, so I pulled over, put the window down, shut the car off, watched and waited. Eventually, the red fox appeared on a rock, and sat looking at me. Never seeing it move, I was surprised to see the black fox, sitting as still as a petrified stone, on top of a higher rocky shelf, quietly watching me! Fortunately, I took a picture of the black one first, because suddenly, both foxes disappeared again! I've travelled this highway once or twice a week, for 50 years, and this was my first BLACK fox sighting. (Hmm..why, I wonder, would the Boreal Forest page call a black one, a 'silver' fox, when it clearly was a very dark, jet BLACK, with a white tipped tail?)

Apr 18, 2016
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Black Fox Winnipeg
by: Anonymous

Tonight as I strolled in south St Vital, Winnipeg, Manitoba, I happened to see a kit of baby fox, 4 red and one black. As I read this blog I see that that black fox are a rare find. Will not divulge whereabouts as I want them to have a chance to grow and fend for themselves.

Feb 29, 2016
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Black Fox on Vancouver Island
by: Anonymous

I've spotted a Black Fox in a wooded area near Chemainus, B.C. I saw it the first time about 2 weeks ago running across a trail and again this morning behind our home. There are lots of ducks and birds that nest in the undergrowth where we live and I wonder if this fox is raiding eggs.

Dec 09, 2015
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Wooler area
by: Barb

I'm so glad to read of the black fox sighting in the Wooler area. I live between Wooler and Stockdale and while walking our property late this afternoon, an animal ran in front of me into the wooded area. I only saw the body and large bushy tail. After reading the two sightings in the area, think this might be a black fox. Did notice a trail across the field, so will keep an eye open next time I go for a walk.

Nov 27, 2015
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Black Fox Cat-like animal
by: Zee

A couple of weeks ago I was driving near Vermillion Bay, and sitting on the side of the highway, was a black fox-like animal. All black with red patches. It had short ears and nose. Fox-like tail, no white tip. It was not shy, it just sat watching me pass by. I have not been able to quite find online what it was. And I would really like to know. After some research I can say it was not a Pine Marten, a Fisher or a Silver Fox.

Oct 10, 2015
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Black Fox
by: Pauline

Tonight, before dark, my husband and I saw a beautiful black Fox with white on the tip of it's bushy tail on the street in PEI.

Aug 21, 2015
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Sighting in Matachewan
by: Anonymous

My husband just saw this last week in Matachewan. We have photos. He was picking wild blueberries and noticed it and took a bunch of pictures. Also a graceful leap into the bush (caught on camera) with a white tipped tail. Fox? Something else??

Aug 01, 2015
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Saw same Black Fox
by: Live on Wooler Road

We have seen this same small black fox on 3 occasions now over the past few weeks in July 2015. We live on the Wooler Road at Colonial Drive. It is a very small black fox that seems to take the same route each time we see it. We tried to get a photo however it is only blurry. It has a small white tip on its tail. It travels from the forested area on the south side of our property, across our driveway, crosses Colonial at the same spot each time and can then be seen running with a red fox 4 driveways from our house. I called MNR on July 31 for curiosity but the maze of voice-mails may have prevented anyone from hearing of the sighting.

Jul 31, 2015
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Trenton Black Fox
by: Anonymous

I live off of Wooler Road near Trenton and have had the pleasure of watching the same black fox you saw playing with a brown one. We have seen him a few times. Glad to hear we aren't crazy!!!!

Jul 20, 2015
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Black cougar north of Warren
by: Anonymous

Yesterday while driving north of Warren Ontario, I saw what at first looked like a bear cub, but slimmer, and then I noticed that it had a long tail, very black animal...... looked a lot like a cougar to me...... my husband said that it is a bear, but bears don't have very long tails.

Jul 02, 2015
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Black Fox on Wooler Road
by: Anonymous

Our first sighting of a black fox was July 1st on our way to Canada Day celebrations in Trenton. While driving along Wooler road, he was running along the side of the road. We slowed down, he stopped and looked behind him allowing us a really good look at his pure black coat, foxy face and white tipped tail. Then, he scooted off into the bush. We feel it was an omen of "good luck", unlike the myth.

Jun 12, 2015
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HOW RARE?
by: Anonymous

At this moment We are sitting outside at HAGI'S WILDERNESS FAMIL RESORT IN SHEBANDOWAN NORTHERN ONTARIO. How are two Black fox pups? They are a wonderful sight to see!

Jun 03, 2015
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Markstay-Warren
by: Anonymous

Over the past couple of days, while walking my dog, I've seen a black fox-like animal who seems to watch us as we walk. I can't get close enough for a good look as it's shy - but it has followed at a safe distance

May 29, 2015
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2 black foxes in Toronto
by: Anonymous

Early this morning I saw two black foxes, they were smaller than any foxes I have seen in Ontario. Also their legs were much shorter. They were equal size. Are these really supposed to be a variation of red foxes? They look nothing like it.

Apr 09, 2015
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Pure Black Fox
by: Anonymous

I saw a black fox on the highway on Ridge Road in Falcon Lake, Manitoba. It was pure black with no white tipped tail.

Mar 18, 2015
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March 16th, 2015 Rossport, Ontario
by: Anonymous

We were very surprised to see a black fox-like creature sitting on a snow bank along Hwy 17 just outside Rossport, Ontario. We have been driving this highway over 15 years & have been in remote areas all along Lake Superior (Sault Ste. Marie- Thunder Bay) & have never encountered anything like this. It didn't seem shy at all, just sat there watching us.

Mar 07, 2015
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Black Fox Sighting
by: Bill from Tottenham

On March 5th 2015 While sledding in the bush south of Kirkland Lake and west of Hwy 11, I followed some fox tracks for a while and as I rounded a bend there was a magnificent black fox standing on the OFSC trail. He watched me approach momentarily and then made a graceful leap into the dense brush.

Feb 14, 2015
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Black Fox in Port McNicoll Ontario
by: Jamie

Last night about 9:30 I saw a black fox at Paradise Point. It was running in front of my car for quite a while so I had a very good look. Just like a red fox but all black with a white tip on its big bushy tail

Dec 31, 2014
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Black Fox in Oro Medonte
by: Anonymous

Early this morning I looked out our livingroom window to see a black fox casually walking in front of the window. It was about ten feet away from the house so I had a good view. Fox glanced my way and kept walking. Footprints in the snow were that of a fox. I reside in Oro-Medonte. My dog was beside me watching the fox walk past and didn't bark which made me think our dog has seen the fox before.

Oct 14, 2014
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Black Fox is a Red Fox
by: Anonymous

Saw a black fox in Charlottetown. Turns out it is indeed called a Red Fox. Same species, just a different color. Can also be found in silver and the more prevalent red color.

Sep 12, 2014
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Black Fox
by: Anonymous

We came to PEI on September 8, 2014 and saw a black Fox run right in front of us crossing the street right by the lobster on the wharf. We had just parked our car in a public parking lot and were walking towards the water when the black fox went slowly across the street and looked right at us.

Aug 29, 2014
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Black Fox
by: Anonymous

While on vacation, (August 27, 2014) we were driving through Charlottetown, PEI, when a black Fox with a white tipped tail crossed the street in front of our truck. Beautiful Fox and awesome to see.

Aug 20, 2014
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Black Fox?
by: Anonymous

Sighted in North Hastings County, Ontario - on a country road through rural forest. Although it was dusk, the car headlights distinctly showed this was not a Red Fox but much darker coloured one - didn't notice a white tail tip, though. Small in size.
We do have fishers in our area and I know for sure this wasn't one.

Jul 01, 2014
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Black Fox with white tip
by: Paul Flanagan

It was about about 0730 am and I was driving west past the sky resort Martock in Hantz county Nova Scotia, when I saw him/ her - the black fox with a white tip on it's tail then the fox ran into the woods by the road.

Mar 27, 2014
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Small black Fox with white tip on tail
by: mary alexander

March 25, 2014 I was driving from the Poley Mountain area to Sussex Corner, New Brunswick. It was around 6:30 pm. I saw what looked like a small black Fox with a long black tail with white at the end of it's tail. At least 15 years ago I saw a Fisher not far from this area.
The "Fox" appeared to look at me and started to run for a forest area.

Feb 20, 2014
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Two Black Foxes
by: nathalie

I was coming home last night, February 20 2014 and me and my husband saw a black fox with a white tall we did know what is was. I thought it was a skunk. It was on the road and when it saw us it took off so fast and then there was another one on the other side of the road. I have never seen a black fox before never mind one, we seen 2 of them . I saw them in Nakina, Ontario.

Nov 08, 2013
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Black fox
by: Denis Poitras

November 4/2013, saw a Black Fox cross in front of my parked truck in Verner, Ontario. It was about one and half times the size of a Red Fox

Jul 11, 2013
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Black Fox with white tail tip
by: Chandra

I live in the Thunder Bay area (central Canada) Last night running with my dog I saw in 3 separate areas of our walk about 2 kilometres very skinny black foxes with white tail tips. Lived here since I was born, and this was the first time ever seeing this type of fox. They were very skittish, (probably because my dog was with me). Love country living and seem to see something new every year!

Jun 12, 2013
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Black fox
by: Anonymous

Silver foxes are often black in color. I saw one coming home from work one night and was wishing I had a camera. I've been carrying my camera in my purse since but haven't seen the fox since

May 21, 2013
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Fisher
by: Anonymous

Dear Helen,

My friends had a similar experience just this morning. We are in Huntsville Ontario. They too commented that they had seen what looked like a black fox. After an examination of the google we think what they saw was likely a Fisher.

Google images of Fisher



Apr 23, 2013
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Midhurst Black Fox
by: Mark R

Last night I was out scouting Turkeys in Midhurst, Ontario, preparing for opening day. At one of my hunt locations was a Black Fox. Its size was between a Red fox and a Coyote and had all the characters of the Red fox. It was not afraid, as it stood watching me in 20 second intervals. Hope to see him again during the Turkey hunt, maybe snap some pic's.

Apr 16, 2013
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Black Fox I Saw, It Was
by: Bert D

I just saw a black Fox today on my BBQ deck outside my patio door - licking away at my BBQ cleaning brush. It took off in the back yard where I got an extremely good look at it. I live within the city limits of Thunder Bay, on the outskirts. Aside from it being an apparent fox (no, definitely not a pine marten, as we re-introduced them in southern N.B. back in the early '80's - while I worked at Fundy N.P.). This specimen was certainly healthy, a plush bushy tail - details distinctive of the fox family, and darker than a pure-bred German Shepherd, with no discernible whitish marks.

Judging from comments on this site, it seems this color "phase" is in the summer time... This sighting was on April 16. If, in fact, it would be a red fox during a "color change", then would this not be peculiar as reported sightings occur at various seasons (unlike the hare's changing of color?).

I recall back in New Brunswick the theory of purported sightings of black panthers being synonymous to albinism, albeit a different mutation thereof, of the illusive eastern panther.
I think we do have Black Fox in Northern Ontario.
From a past naturalist.

Dec 31, 2012
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Black Fox?
by: m reneau

We live in Iroquois Falls, Ontario. My son has encounters with, what we think is, a Black Fox. They seem to be friendly, he said. I myself have not seen one yet, but it is very interesting.

Aug 16, 2012
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Black Fox
by: DLP

My husband just sent me a picture from Northern Ontario of a black Fox with a white tip on his tail.

Looks just like a Red Fox only black.

According to "answers.com" it is a Red Fox during colour change.

Aug 03, 2012
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Black Fox in Northern Ontario
by: Anonymous

We were camping in Northern Ontario just off 560
west of 144. A black Fox came in to camp every night looking for food. It would eat out of your hand. It was black with some white on it's back and head, a long nose. We got a very nice picture of it. I can't find one on the net. A red one also came around.

May 30, 2012
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Black / brown fox-like animal USA
by: Anonymous

I saw an animal between Cranberry Lake & Tupper Lake, NY (USA) over this past weekend. It was a mix of black and brown fur had the fox tail. the fur was patchy, didn't look as sleek as the fox fur, and the brown "bled" into the black.

The ears seemed the right size but the face wasn't as pointed as the fox nose. I have no idea what it was, it was sitting on the side of the road after dark.

I would love to know what it was.

Jan 21, 2012
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Northern Ontario Black Fox
by: Anonymous

I work on the north shore of Lake Superior for a gold mine on the Paint Lake Road (White River) and we see black foxes nearly every day here in the winter.

They tend to hang around the cookhouse and on occasion they get goodies.

In fact, I fed one this morning, a piece of ham.

They appear to be the same size as the Red Fox, slightly shorter legs, sharp pointed ears and a beautiful bushy tail ..... and quite friendly!


Sep 25, 2011
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Black Fox
by: Anonymous

While driving on a dirt road, North of Sudbury ON , Sunday September 25th 2011, at 11:30 am. we had a black Fox run in front of our car..for about 30 seconds..then went into the bush.

May 12, 2011
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Black fox-like animal
by: Anonymous

It could have been a Pine Martin as they are dark in colour and Fox size, they have shorter legs with a long tail.

They are part of the Weasel family though.

Jan 23, 2011
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Silver Fox
by: Anonymous

It sounds as if what you saw might have been a Silver Fox.

Silver Foxes range in colour from a pale pearly grey-white to almost black.

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