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13 animals of the Arctic

By: Caroline Inge on Nov. 22, 2011, 8:12 a.m.
The red fox

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Red fox

The red fox is by no means unique to the Arctic Circle. In fact, it can be found on every continent on the globe except Antarctica. Unfortunately, it is considered a menace in many ecosystems. In Australia, for example, the red fox was introduced by humans for recreational hunting in 1855 and quickly became established in the wild. About 150 years later, the Arctic fox threatens a number of bird and mammal populations native to Australia.