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Northern Plains tribes bring back their wild 'relatives'

Matthew Brown

Associated Press

FORT BELKNAP AGENCY - Native species such as swift foxes and black-footed ferrets disappeared from Fort Belknap Indian Reservation generations ago, wiped out by poisoning campaigns, disease and farm plows that turned open prairie where nomadic tribes once roamed into cropland and cattle pastures.

Now with guidance from elders and outside wildlife groups, students and interns from the tribal college are helping reintroduce the small predators to the northern Montana reservation sprawling across more than 1,000 square miles near the U.S.-Canada border.

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