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Swift Fox Symposium

Swift Fox Detection Methods and Distribution in the Oklahoma Panhandle


Michael J. Shaughnessy Jr.1 and Mark V. Lomolino2. 1Department of Zoology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma 73019. 2Oklahoma Biological Survey, 111 E. Chesapeake St., Norman, Oklahoma 73019.

Research on swift fox was conducted in the Oklahoma panhandle from January 1995 through February 1997. One survey per season was conducted. Swift fox were detected in the Oklahoma panhandle through the use of tracking plates and infrared triggered cameras. Spotlighting in conjunction with predator calling was also attempted. The success of these methods varied with differences in baits, tracking substrates, and numbers of people present during spotlighting surveys. Swift fox were not distributed equally between different panhandle habitats or across the entire panhandle. The mesa habitat in the northwestern section of the Oklahoma panhandle had higher than expected detections for Swift fox. Swift fox were under represented in riparian areas of the panhandle.


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