What Eats Arctic Foxes? – Arctic Fox Predators

Arctic fox is not the biggest of foxes so they will be highly vulnerable to the potential predators. While adult foxes are pretty safer from the Arctic predators, young often fall prey to the ground living terrestrial mammals. Polar bears are at the top of the food chain—they are thought to be the Arctic’s deadliest predators. Let’s see what eats Arctic foxes in the Arctic.

What Eats Arctic Foxes?

They have sharp sense of smell. The arctic fox gives birth to live young in a snow den. Polar bears have the ability to smell newborn fox’s babies no matter how thick the den is.

Similarly other predators such as wolverines and wolves also prey on arctic foxes. Humans are also the predators of the arctic fox. When the 45-days-old pup comes out of the den it doesn’t feel threatened and so it rarely hides into the den (even if the threat is nearby). This indeed makes young foxes rather more susceptible to the predators. The fox pups remain close to their mother.

References

Arctic Fox: Encyclopædia Britannica, September 05, 2017, The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica.

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