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Rarely seen gray fox rescued ‘disoriented’ from Cozumel highway

Cozumel, Q.R. — A gray fox, which is considered at-risk of being endangered, was rescued on the island of Cozumel last week. The Cozumel Parks and Museums Foundation (FPMC), with the support of citizens, rescued the fox after it was seen on a highway disorientated.

The animal was reported to island authorities by a citizen after it was spotted on the coastal highway. The director of the Center for Conservation and Environmental Education (CCEA), Rafael Chacón Diaz, went to kilometer 29 of the eastern coast where he found the gray fox.

On Saturday, Diaz said the fox, which is rarely seen, was disoriented. It was rescued and kept under observation for several days before being released.

The small gray fox, which is rarely seen on the island, was released after several days of observation.
Photo: La Fundación de Parques y Museos de Cozumel (FPMC)

“After physically assessing the gray fox, it was returned to its natural habitat in the Laguna Colombia state reserve,” he said explaining that the location was agreed upon with the inspector of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa), Humberto Mex and Biologist Blanca Quiroga, Director of the Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park, Cozumel Island Flora and Fauna Protection Area (APFF) since it was deemed a safer space.