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Swift Fox Symposium

A Rancher's Perspective on Prairie Conservation and the Swift Fox Project: Five Generations of Land Stewardship

Mary Jane Pietrowski1 and Ludwig N. Carbyn2. 1PO Box 38, Manyberries, AB T0K 1L0. 2Canadian Wildlife Service, 4999 - 98 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6B 2X3.

The Lost River Ranch is situated in southeastern Alberta, just north of the Canadian/United States international border. This was the location of the first releases of swift foxes in 1983. The Pietrowski family has been supportive of the program from the onset. Generations of students and government biologists were working on the ranch in the reintroduction program.

American (Wyoming) ranchers have also participated in the Canadian program by capturing foxes and making them available for transport to Canada. It is important that contributions by the ranching community be acknowledged. Concerns have been expressed by many ranchers that endangered species legislation (U.S. and Canadian) may impact on their freedom to carry out activities important to their daily livelihood. Communication and sincere efforts for cooperation are important if conservation goals are to be achieved.

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