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Swift fox (Vulpes velox) | ESA status: none
This small (about the size of a house cat), quick, nocturnal fox makes its home in prairies and grasslands. Its fate is often tied to that of its food source, the prairie dog.
Swift fox habitat
Swift foxes live in short-grass prairies, grasslands, and deserts in western North America, including in Canada. Nearly driven to extinction in the 1930s, their populations have since stabilized, but they still live in only an estimated 40 percent of their historic range.
Swift fox diet
Swift foxes are often associated with prairie dog colonies, since they prey on prairie dogs. Omnivorous, they also eat other small mammals, carrion, insects, grasses, and fruits.
What are the threats to the swift fox?
When prairie dog colonies are victims of poisoning, swift foxes suffer, too. Trapping and roads also present threats.
What WildEarth Guardians is doing to save the swift fox
We are working to preserve the prairie dog ecosystem and all species that depend on it. Our work to end the use of trapping and poisons on public lands also benefits the swift fox.
Wildlife Press: Swift fox
Federal Safeguards Sought For Imperiled Prairie Fox – Coalition Challenges Removal of Swift Fox from Endangered Species Act Cand
Today a coalition led by WildEarth Guardians gave notice to the Department of Interior and the US Fish and Wildlife Service of its intention to sue over the Service's decision to refuse Endangered Species Act protection to the prairie-dwelling swift fox.Read more >