16 September 2015
Coyotes (the primary predator of swift foxes)
Grizzly bears, a more common occurrence these days on the plains, though still quite a surprise to see one caught on film!
And badgers, another common hunter of the plains.
Wolverine WatchersCheck out a recent project where Defenders’ staff and volunteers trekked into the mountains of Montana to catch another charismatic critter on camera.
We were thrilled to see such fantastic results from this survey. Determining where this rare carnivore lives today is critical for its conservation, and the information will help experts develop a plan to restore more swift foxes to the landscape where possible. It is very exciting to be a part of a large group of partners working together to complete a survey of this magnitude, and our combined efforts will inform swift fox conservation efforts well into the future.
This fox’s tale is a legacy of decades of conservation work. If it were not for groups like Defenders fighting for a ban on poisons like Compound 1080 in the 1980s, swift foxes could not survive today. And without the direct action of the Blackfeet Nation and Defenders bringing these animals home, swift foxes would still be missing from this landscape. Decades later, this species is once again fulfilling its role on at least a portion of the Montana prairie, helping make the grasslands of the Blackfeet Nation flourish for decades to come.