Arctic fox

Facing the consequences of global warming, they quickly lose their habitat and are pushed northward with the receding cold

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The arctic fox is a highly resilient animal that can survive temperatures as low as –15°C (5 Fahrenheit) in the treeless land of the freezing Arctic, where it makes its home. They have quite a few adaptations that help them survive in the Arctic, such as having small ears that help decrease heat loss to the surrounding chilly air.

The arctic fox is hunted in Iceland because local sheep farmers consider it a pest, and in other regions, it has been hunted by humans for its fur. Moreover, climate change, habitat destruction, etc., can also impact its long-term future. Nonetheless, populations of Arctic foxes have remained relatively stable.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Canada
2014
Finland
2014
Greenland
2014
Iceland
2014
Norway
2014
Russia
2014
Svalbard
2014
Sweden
2014
United States
2014
Alaska
United States
2014
Introduced: Aleutian Is.

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No