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091 SUMMERTIME - SWIFT FOX
Swift Fox, Nebraska Panhandle. Just outside their den site, two month old swift fox kits wrestle amongst the needle and thread grass on the shortgrass prairie in western Nebraska. Swift fox are diminutive foxes the size of large house cats and exist primarily in the shortgrass prairies of the western Great Plains. Threatened or endangered in many states and in Canada, their numbers have declined by a combination of factors: habitat loss through the conversion of pasture land and other native grassland to cropland, loss of key food sources through poisoning of prairie dog towns and associated wildlife in those towns, and a growing number of coyotes in certain regions, a key predator and territorial competitor of this diminutive fox.