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COSEWIC assessment and update status report on the swift fox (Vulpes velox) in Canada (2000)

Acknowledgements

Far too many individuals have been involved in this program for me to acknowledge them all.  For completion of this particular report I want to express my sincere thanks to Jeff Johnson, student and volunteer who was always cheerful and supportive, to Gary Weiss for his competent and effective input on the GIS maps, to Susan MacEachran for drafting the figures, to Jim Burns, Alberta Provincial Museum for review of museum records of fossil foxes, for Loney Dickson - whose administrative support was always there, despite the change of my status within CWS, to Steve Brechtel, Wayne Harris, Shelley Pruss, Ann Kitchen, Axel Moehrenschlager, Dick Russell, Karyn Scalise, Clio Smeeton, Ed Telfer, Ken Weagle, and David Nagorsen  for critical review of the document.  I thank Vi Jespersen and Christine Scott for their patient attention to detail in typing the manuscript.  Pat Fargey, Parks Canada, provided information on the Wood Mountain releases, and Al Oeming provided insights on historical records.  Jamie Meeks, Problem Wildlife Specialist, Alberta Agriculture, provided up to date information on the rabies control program.  Minette Johnson, Defenders of Wildlife, kept me current on details regarding the Montana re-introduction program. The project depended on the good will and support of the ranching community.  Numerous individuals along the Alberta/ Saskatchewan border have tolerated generations of students, technicians and biologists on their lands.  Although there were many more, the key ranchers were the Buchanan's, the Heydlouft's, the Kuezler's, the Piotrowski's, the Saville's and the Wallburger's.  Ranchers, landowners and biologists from the states of Wyoming and Colorado were most helpful in the acquisition of foxes from the wild in the United States.  Without their support the Canadian program could not have been completed.  The Turner Endangered Species Fund, in particular Michael Phillips, allowed me to use maps for this report that were originally drafted for another report that I had written for the agency.  Partial funding provided by the Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada.