* Foxes: Santa Rosa Island

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Fox collected in 1847, Santa Rosa Island.
The earliest known fox collected on a California Channel Island
was in 1847 by the British expedition of
Captain Henry Kellett and Lieutenant James Wood
with their respective vessels, H.M.S. Herald and H.M.S. Pandora.
The specimens are in the British Museum.
Santa Rosa Island fox collected in 1847
by the British expedition of Kellett and Wood



Foxes on Santa Rosaa Island, 1971

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In the News~
1939 cartoon of Von Bloeker and his escaped Santa Rosa Island Fox on the roof of Exposition Park, Los Angeles.

Sept. 16, 1939 [LAT]: “Perspiring mammalogist has fox hunt on museum roof. Specimen taken from Santa Rosa Island too nimble for institution's field collector. The onward march of science in one division at least, yesterday was just marking time at the Los Angeles Museum. On the roof of the Exposition Park institution Jack Von Bloeker, field collector and mammalogist, sat and panted. Von Bloeker, as he wearily mopped a perspiring brow, confessed that while he considered himself a pretty fair shakes of a collector while in the field, he wasn't doing so well up there on the roof. He was taking time out from trying to catch a Santa Rosa Island lady fox he had captured on the channel outpost recently, The strange little animal was installed in a cage on the museum roof. Yesterday it escaped. In spite of all the perspiration and the panting, the cage remained empty. Almost ready to confess that the roundup job was beyond him, so elusive was little Miss Reynard, Von Bloeker was wondering whether a pack of hounds, a few red-coated fox-hunters and a barrage of "Tallyho!" and "View Halloo!" might not turn the trick. The fox is classified in a separate species from those on the mainland. The island foxes have been divided into six geographical races, according to the island they inhabit, Von Bloeker said. They are smaller than the mainland product and have short legs and small ears. This is believed due to the fact that in their island havens they have none of the traditional enemies to contend with. The foxes, as well as other island fauna, were collected by the Museum Channel Islands Biological Survey. On a recent expedition the museum's survey party captured other fauna in addition to the foxes. They've had no trouble with any of it to date, except Mammalogist Von Bloeker's fox.”


Island Collections~
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Rosa Island C. H. Townsend NMNH January 7, 1889 USNM 18278 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island C. H. Townsend NMNH December 15, 1891 USNM 19850 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 2, 1892 USNM-34847 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 2, 1892 USNM-34848 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 2, 1892 USNM-34849 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 2, 1892 USNM-34850 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 3, 1892 USNM-34851 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island H. L. Ward MPM September 19, 1903 MPM-1029 Urocyon littoralis Mammals
Santa Rosa Island H. L. Ward MPM November 18, 1903 MPM-1030 Vulpes littoralis Mammals
Santa Rosa Island C. P. Streator NMNH July 3, 1892 USNM-34851 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island J. R. Pemberton MVZ April 4, 1927 MVZ-37485 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island Paul E. Trapier UCLA November 3, 1927 UCLA-13430 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island Paul E. Trapier UCLA November 3, 1927 UCLA-13710 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island H. H. Sheldon UCLA November 3, 1927 UCLA-13394 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island H. H. Sheldon UCLA November 4, 1927 UCLA-13397 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island Paul E. Trapier UCLA November 4, 1927 UCLA-13437 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island Paul E. Trapier UCLA November 7, 1927 UCLA-13443 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island Paul E. Trapier UCLA November 7, 1927 UCLA-13444 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island Paul E. Trapier UCLA November 7, 1927 UCLA-13448 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island Paul E. Trapier UCLA November 7, 1927 UCLA-13449 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island Paul E. Trapier UCLA November 8, 1927 UCLA-13450 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island H. H. Sheldon UCLA November 8, 1927 UCLA-13398 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island H. H. Sheldon UCLA November 8, 1927 UCLA-13407 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island H. H. Sheldon UCLA November 8, 1927 UCLA-13408 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island H. H. Sheldon UCLA November 8, 1927 UCLA-13409 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island Paul E. Trapier UCLA November 10, 1927 UCLA-13452 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island H. H. Sheldon UCLA November 10, 1927 UCLA-13413 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island H. H. Sheldon UCLA November 11, 1927 UCLA-13416 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island H. H. Sheldon UCLA November 11, 1927 UCLA-13417 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island H. H. Sheldon UCLA November 22, 1927 UCLA-13418 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island Collector not listed UCLA November 27, 1927 UCLA-13841 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island S. R. Atkinson MVZ March 6, 1928 MVZ-38926 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island S. R. Atkinson MVZ March 6, 1928 MVZ-38927 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island S. R. Atkinson MVZ March 6, 1928 MVZ-38928 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island J. R. Pemberton MVZ March 10, 1928 MVZ-38929 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island J. C. Von Bloeker, Jr. NMNH April 3, 1941 USNM-307395 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island J. C. Von Bloeker, Jr. NMNH April 7, 1941 USNM-307396 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island Kenneth Stager MSB November 12, 1941 MSB-160207 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH March 30, 1945 SBMNH-OS-2984 Urocyon littoralis (Site 7) Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH March 30, 1945 SBMNH-OS-2985 Urocyon littoralis (Site 7) Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH March 30, 1945 SBMNH-OS-2986 Urocyon littoralis (Site 7) Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH March 30, 1945 SBMNH-OS-2987 Urocyon littoralis (Site 7) (Site 7) Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH March 30, 1945 SBMNH-OS-2988 Urocyon littoralis (Site 7) Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH March 30, 1945 SBMNH-OS-2989 Urocyon littoralis (Site 7) Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH March 30, 1945 SBMNH-OS-2990 Urocyon littoralis (Site 7) Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH March 30, 1945 SBMNH-OS-2991 Urocyon littoralis (Site 7) Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH March 30, 1945 SBMNH-OS-2992 Urocyon littoralis (Site 7) Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH March 30, 1945 SBMNH-OS-2993 Urocyon littoralis (Site 7) Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH March 30, 1945 SBMNH-OS-2994 Urocyon littoralis (Site 7) Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH March 30, 1945 SBMNH-OS-2995 Urocyon littoralis (Site 7) Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH March 30, 1945 SBMNH-OS-2996 Urocyon littoralis (Site 7) Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH 1948 SBMNH-OS-838 Urocyon littoralis Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH 1948 SBMNH-OS-850 Urocyon littoralis Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH 1948 SBMNH-OS-860 Urocyon littoralis Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH 1948 SBMNH-OS-861 Urocyon littoralis Mammals
Santa Rosa Island P. C. Orr SBMNH 1948 SBMNH-OS-862 Urocyon littoralis Mammals
Santa Rosa Island Alden H. Miller MVZ March 9, 1950 MVZ-113600 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island Alden H. Miller MVZ March 10, 1950 MVZ-113601 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals
Santa Rosa Island Alden H. Miller MVZ March 10, 1950 MVZ-113602 Urocyon littoralis santarosae Mammals