Florida Hunter Safety Course

 

Furbearers

Nutria

Nutria

Medium-sized, grayish-brown rodent with long, round tail with few hairs. Hind feet webbed. Lives in marshes, swamps, ponds and lakes. They are herbivorous, nocturnal and can live up to four years.

 

Red Fox

Red Fox

The red fox is not as common throughout the state. Larger than the gray fox, the red fox is identified by its black feet, reddish yellow coat which is darkest on its back, and its white belly and white tipped tail. Trapping or shooting any fox is prohibited in Florida. Foxes may not be killed, but may be chased by the use of dogs year-round. You cannot possess a gun while chasing Fox.

 

Gray Fox

Gray Fox

The gray fox is chiefly nocturnal and secretive. It will climb trees to escape its enemies. It is omnivorous, eating mostly small mammals, and supplements its diet with insects, fruits, acorns, birds and eggs. The gray fox has a salt and pepper coat with a buffy underfur and a black-tipped bushy tail.

 

Coyote

Coyote

Medium-sized to large with gray to reddish-gray fur, more red on legs, feet, ears; dark-tipped tail and whitish belly and throat. Lives in prairies, open woodlands, shrub lands and variety of habitats. They are carnivorous, and mostly nocturnal but can be active anytime.

 

Source: FWC Hunter Education Program

 
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