Head and body length: 48 - 50 cm, shoulder height: 12 - 15 cm, tail: 11 - 29 cm
1.3 - 2.8 kg
Estimated at fewer than 2,000
Grassland, shrub, chaparral, woodland and dune on the six largest channel islands
Some neighbors are more neighborly than others. The California Channel Islands fox avoids the golden eagle, which is always looking to make a meal of it, but welcomes the seafood-favoring bald eagle. When bald populations diminish, the fox becomes a target of the golden eagle and its populations are decimated in turn. The smallest canid in North America mates for life but, faced with the very deadly threats of predation and disease, who knows how long that life will last?