The Arctic fox faces a multitude of threats from climate change: its sea ice and tundra habitat are shrinking, its lemming prey are becoming less abundant in some areas, and it faces increased competition and displacement by the red fox which is moving northward as temperatures warm. LOSS OF SEA ICE AND TUNDRA HABITAT.
How dangerous are arctic foxes?
Rabies has been detected in Arctic regions. Some animals, such as the arctic fox, arctic dogs and arctic wolves are potential carriers of rabies. Close contact to arctic foxes is potentially dangerous because of rabies. Fox bites can be dangerous to humans.
Why are arctic foxes killed?
In the past, the Arctic fox targeted by the fur trade because of its high quality fur. It’s still hunted now and uncontrolled trapping has almost eradicated two subpopulations. Arctic foxes are now also being affected by climate change.
Why is the arctic fox in danger?
Threats. The scarcity of prey is the most prevalent threat for the Arctic fox. Disease and genetic pollution of the species by foxes bred in captivity also threatens this species.
What animals are predators to Arctic fox?
(and predators!) Arctic foxes eat small mammals (especially lemmings), insects, berries, carrion, marine invertebrates, sea birds and fish. Their predators include polar bears, wolves, golden eagles, grizzly bears and humans.