Kit fox poster contest open to some Bakersfield students

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is holding a poster contest for some high school students in Bakersfield, aimed at bringing awareness to the endangered kit fox.

San Joaquin kit fox gallery, courtesy of Karen Engel Photography >>

Participating schools were chosen based on their proximity to kit fox habitat. They are North High School, South High School, West High School, Ridgeview High School, Liberty High School, Frontier High School and Bakersfield High School. More on the poster contest >>

Contest winners will be announced in early May. The first-place winner will receive $500 in cash and/or prizes, second place will receive $250 and three honorable mention prizes will be awarded at $50 each, according to the CDFW.

Kit foxes, just 5 pounds, were relatively common until the 1930s when native grasslands were converted to farms, orchards and cities, the CDFW said. The foxes face more dangers during pupping season, which lasts from early March to mid-May.