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Swift foxes to be transplanted to eastern Montana

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Officials in Montana plan to transplant about 30 swift foxes to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in an effort to boost fox numbers by linking populations of the small predator in Canada, South Dakota and Wyoming.

The foxes will be captured from areas near Whitewater and Chinook in north-central Montana and moved to the reservation in eastern Montana in September.

Leonard Bighorn, a wildlife technician for the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes, says ultimately the goal is to establish a corridor from Canada to Texas.

Swift foxes only weigh about five pounds but can run up to 25 mph. The foxes are native to the Great Plains but Montana officials estimate only about 500 remain in the state.


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