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Public Comment Solicited for Swift Fox Proposal

Fish & Wildlife - Region 6

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has developed a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed action of translocating up to 20 swift fox from within FWP Region 6 in northeastern Montana to suitable habitat on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. 

Swift fox, less than one-fifth the size of a coyote, are native to this part of Montana and feed primarily on small mammals such as ground squirrels and rabbits. Swift fox currently exist on the reservation in low densities. This proposal is an augmentation of previous translocations conducted in 2006 and 2009.

The translocations are part of an ongoing cooperative project between FWP and the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes to restore a culturally important species to reservation lands, increase species diversity, promote expansion of the animals’ range, and provide additional wildlife viewing opportunities for the public.

The Draft EA is available online at: fwp.mt.gov. Printed versions of the document can be obtained by contacting the Region 6 office at (406) 228-3700. The public comment period on the Draft EA will run until 5 p.m. on July 8, 2010. Written comments can be mailed to: Swift Fox Comments, MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks, 54078 U.S. Highway 2 West, Glasgow, MT  59230 or to rrauscher@mt.gov by electronic mail.

The FWP Commission will be asked to approve this proposal on Aug. 5, 2010.  For more information, contact biologist Ryan Rauscher at (406) 228-3725.