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The plains grassland provides people with many natural resources that people use in every day life such as agricultural lands to raise crops; rangelands for livestock production; energy resources; and places for recreation such as fishing, hiking, hunting, and camping. Balancing these uses with the environment is often very challenging. Below are a few examples of people working to balance the needs fish and wildlife with those of humans. Can you think of other examples?

Swift Fox

These fascinating small native foxes of north central Montana's grassland prairies have dramatically increased in numbers and distribution over the past two decades due to conservation efforts between Montana wildlife management agencies and Canadian biologists in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. These efforts have resulted in a stable swift fox population that straddles the international border.

FWP has cooperated with Canada on two swift fox population censuses to collect important ecological data on the improving status of the species. Today Montana and Canadian biologists estimate that at least 1,200 swift fox occupy this historical northern range of the species. Read about this effort in the Montana Outdoors Article below.

Montana Outdoors Article - The Swift Fox's Speedy Return: Why, after being declared locally extinct in 1969, has this tiny canine returned to Montana?

Pallid Sturgeon

Fishery biologists today are working hard to keep these primitive fish from becoming extinct like their relatives the dinosaurs. In the Montana Outdoors magazine article we learn that pallids were " listed as federally endangered in 1990" and that most remaining wild pallids were just teenagers when your grandparents were born.

So what are biologists doing? Play the Outdoor Report filmed in 2007, to learn about efforts to stock hatchery raised young pallids into the wild. Whether or not this project will succeed will take at least 15 years to determine, as that's how old a pallid has to be before it can spawn.

Montana Outdoors Article - A Whisker Away from Winking Out: Will the pallid sturgeon go extinct on our watch?

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