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Three years of successful swift fox reintroduction celebrated at Fort Belknap

 

Last updated 9/29/2022 at 11:17am

Roshan Patel/Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Two swift foxes look across the grass. Fort Belknap Indian Community celebrated Wednesday three years of successful reintroduction of the foxes, including releasing three more onto Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.

Smithsonians's National Zoo

and Conservation Biology Institute

The Fort Belknap Indian Community commemorated Wednesday three years of its swift fox recovery program with the release of three swift foxes on tribal lands, bringing the total to 103 recovered back to these prairie grasslands.

Based on post-release monitoring efforts, the native species is reproducing in the wild, which is a critical measure of success for a self-sustaining population.

"After being absent for more than 50 years, the swift fox has returned to the grasslands of Fort Belknap and our people could not be prouder...



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