Red Fox
Vulpes vulpes

 

May 31, 1805
"I saw near those bluffs the most beautifull fox that I ever beheld, the colours appeared to me to be a fine orrange yellow, white, and black; I endevored to kill this anamal but it discovered me at a considerable distance, and finding that I could get no nearer, I fired on him as he ran, and missed him; he concealed himself under the rocks of the clift; it appeared to me to be about the size of the common red fox of the Atlantic States, or reather smaller than the large fox common to this country; convinced I am that it is a distinct species." —Meriwether Lewis

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