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Swift Fox Symposium

Distribution and Population Status of the Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis zinseri) in Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Mauricio Cotera Correa. Facultad De Ciencias Forestales, Universidad Autónoma De Nuevo León, APDO Post 41, 67700 Linares, N. L., México

The kit fox is closely associated with desert regions from northern Mexico and southwestern USA. Today, there is little information about the distribution of the Mexican subspecies. A survey of kit fox in the desert regions of Nuevo Leon, Mexico was conducted. The kit fox is restricted to a grassland habitat with less than 600 km2 in the southwestern part of the state. It is very closely associated with the Mexican prairie dog (Cynomys mexicanus) distribution. The habitat lost by agriculture and vehicle traffic are a serious threat for this species. The kit fox in Nuevo Leon must be considered as threatened.

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