June 20, 2012
A red fox photographed by motion-detecting infrared camera in Mt. Hood National Forest. The fox is thought to be a Sierra Nevada red fox, which hasn't been found in Oregon in decades.
With an invisible flash of infrared light across the snow, motion-detecting cameras in the mountains of Oregon may have snapped evidence of a nocturnal fox not seen in the state in decades. These new photos provide hope for the survival of one of the rarest animals in North America.
The photos captured at least three red foxes in Mt. Hood National Forest. Last fall, federal biologists using a similar remote camera in Crater Lake National Park photographed a single red fox.