I'm sure some people here probably take one look at my screen-name, or cutesy skunk avatar, and think, "Ew! A furry! Kill it!"
To which, I don't care, (and a bit ironic, coming from a brony that wishes for others to accept, and not hate them for loving a children's show) but truthfully I've never really been very active in the "furry fandom," I've never attended any furry conventions, never made/wore a fursuit, (nor do I fetishize those goofy outfits, like many are stereotyped) or any of the usual stereotypes, so truthfully, this may surprise some, but I'm not much of a furry.
My so-called skunk "fursona" was actually an old StarFox character OC/persona/avatar I used to have as a kid on StarFox message boards. Back when I was a kid "Star Fox 64" was almost as huge as Mario, Zelda, FF7, or Pokémon, so yes, similar to people making their own Ponysona, or their own Sonic character, we used to do that with StarFox, as well. I didn't know what a furry was honestly back then, but everybody else had their own SF OC, or fan-character, and had them as their avatar. and I just found that cool, so I wanted my own. (And almost all of 'em were foxes, or wolves, so I wanted to be something unique, so I randomly chose a skunk. Looking back, it was kinda clever sense skunks were considered "stinky," or "nasty/gross" critters, so I wanted people to like me for who I was, not for "what" I was.)
Regardless, I do admit ever sense childhood I do like anthropomorphic cartoon, or video game characters, like the TMNT, the aforementioned StarFox series, Sonic the Hedgehog series, Disney's old (and sadly underrated) "Robin Hood" movie, and such. So I definitely understand the appeal of animal characters, as you can kinda do more with them, and draw them in more different ways then humans.
I do like looking at, or drawing anthro' art, and have my own cartoon characters, (most of which I don't post online, in fear of them being stolen) and such, so I don't know if that makes me a "furry" in others' eyes, but I don't care. I never really considered myself such, but I do respect the furry fandom for their art, music, and such they make, much like the brony fandom, and people forget there's "creepy/weird" fans in every fandom, even their own ones, which is why both furries, and bronies get a bad rap online.
So in regards to the question of if bronies are furries, or not, maybe yes, maybe no, but does it matter? Just enjoy whatever you want. @Background Pony #FC70
Well, bronies do seem fond of dragons, griffons, changelings, diamond dogs, abyssinians, and other species introduced in MLP.
So maybe we're more "furry" then we think. lol