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Swift Fox Symposium

A Review of Tooth Anomalies Observed in Swift Foxes in the Canadian Program


Shawn Olsen and Ludwig N. Carbyn. Canadian Wildlife Service, 4999 - 98 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6B 2X3.

During the course of the Swift Fox (Vulpes velox) reintroduction program in Canada, a number of skulls were obtained from carcasses collected in the field and from captive facilities. In one sample of 12 skulls it was noticed that teeth were unnaturally worn, deformed or missing. Preliminary examinations were carried out and the skulls prepared for more detailed examination at a later stage. Skull measurements were carried out on all skulls with anomalies, and the parameters compared to those with apparently no abnormalities. This study will be expanded to include a bigger sample as material becomes available.


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