Across the Channel Islands, island fox pairs are preparing for parenthood. They've found a protected spot for a den. The den may be between rocks, under tree roots or bushes, or an abandoned burrow dug by another animal. It just needs to be protected and out of the weather. This den is where their pups will be born.
Island fox pups are typically born in April. Most litters have 2-3 pups. The rain this year has been below average so litter size may tend to be smaller.
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Less rain = fewer resources.
Fewer resources = fewer island fox pups.
Drought impacts on island foxes.
How big is an island fox pup?