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Published: Saturday, December 24, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Mount Rainier ecologists puts foxes on ‘do not feed’ list

PARADISE -- Sure, they're cute and they've learned to beg along the roadway, but don't feed the Cascade foxes, ecologists at Mount Rainier National Park say.
The park has begun a research project to assess the effect of park visitors on the rare fox species known to inhabit only Mount Rainier and Mount Adams.
Park wildlife ecologist Mason Reid hopes the research will help park workers better manage visitor use and protect the foxes.
Reid says visitors may see foxes with radio collars that collect time and location information. Researchers hope to learn how interaction with visitors may be changing the foxes' natural movements and habits.
The park also plans to continue its efforts to educate the public and enforce the no-feeding rules.
Story tags » Wildlife HabitatMount Rainier

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