Kitakitsune, which translates to Ezo red fox in English, lives only in Hokkaido. It is a subspecies of the red fox which inhabits a large part of the northern hemisphere. The Ezo red fox is bigger than foxes living in other parts of Japan. The Ezo red fox has been drawn or characterized in souvenirs for a long time. In Hokkaido, it is not unusual to see them in mountain areas, and they sometimes turn up in the city. Giving food to them is bad for both humans and the fox. If someone touches the fox or its excrement, they may contract echinococcus disease.