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Swift Fox Symposium

A Conservation Design -- Conservation Assessment and Conservation Strategy for Swift Fox in the United States

Eileen Dowd Stukel1, Christiane Roy2, Brian Giddings3, and Lloyd Fox2. 1South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, 523 East Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501. 2Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, 1830 Merchant, PO Box 1525, Emporia, KS 66801. 3Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620.

In 1995, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that federal listing for the swift fox was warranted but precluded by higher listing priorities. All ten state wildlife agencies within the swift fox range and several federal agencies formed the Swift Fox Conservation Team. A primary team function is the formulation of a conservation strategy document, which provides a framework for species conservation and recovery as an alternative to federal listing. This working document's conservation goal is to: maintain or restore swift fox populations within each state; to provide the spatial, genetic and demographic structure of the United States swift fox population throughout at least 50 percent of the suitable habitat available; to ensure long-term species viability; and to provide species management flexibility. The document contains objectives, strategies, and activities designed to achieve this goal.

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