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Transplanted swift foxes appear to be doing well


November 9, 2009


Most of the 30 swift foxes transplanted late last month to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeastern Montana have stayed in the area, officials say. Some of the foxes have moved farther east into the reservation, two were killed by predators and a third was hit by a vehicle, said Leonard Bighorn, a wildlife technician for the reservation. "The biggest challenge with them is survival," said Kyran Kunkel, a biologist with the World Wildlife Fund. "Coyotes are their main predator. Keeping their survival above 50 percent is difficult." Kunkel's group, the state, and the As...

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