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061 GHOSTS OF THE PRAIRIE - SWIFT FOX
Swift Fox- Nebraska Panhandle. Two swift fox pups play tag at twilight near their den site in the shortgrass prairie of the Nebraska panhandle. Plains Indians sometimes referred to Swift foxes as ghosts of the prairie. Their fleetness is second to no other canine on the continent and their ability to disappear and blend into the prairie grasses is amazing. Often they appear to disappear into thin air. Much smaller than the coyote and red fox, the swift fox is about the size of a house cat, and is almost feline in its movements. Their diminished numbers is a cause of great concern for conservationists and land managers as the prairie dog towns they often anchor to and rely on for food are severely altered or destroyed. Today, the swift fox is listed as endangered in several states and is a candidate for federal listing.