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Swift Fox Survey Conducted in Northern Montana This Winter


If you see some lights at night north of Highway 2 this winter, it may not just be the northern lights. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks crews are live trapping swift fox from November through February, checking traps and handling fox during the long, dark hours of winter. Two two-member crews will be working, north of Highway 2, between Opheim and Havre.

Since 2000, and about every five years since, FWP has partnered with Canada to conduct a survey to try and determine swift fox population and distribution.

The crews have been training the last few weeks to learn how to successfully trap, handle, and take pertinent data from trapped swift fox.

“We want to let folks know, especially landowners, that we will have crews out at night this winter, driving around a...