5 THE NUM­BER OF SWIFT FOXES

Canadian Geographic - - WILDLIFE -

re­cently cap­tured on cam­era south of Medicine Hat, Alta., an event be­ing hailed as a pos­i­tive sign for a species that was de­clared ex­tir­pated in Canada in 1978. Once abun­dant through­out the grass­lands from the Cana­dian Prairies to Texas, pop­u­la­tions of the small­est North Amer­i­can fox species had been dec­i­mated by the ex­pan­sion of agri­cul­ture and in­dus­try by the early 20th cen­tury. Be­fore their rein­tro­duc­tion to Canada in the 1980s, swift foxes had been ab­sent from the Prairies for nearly 50 years, the last one be­ing spot­ted in Al­berta in 1938.

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