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


COSEWIC update

In 1978 the status of swift foxes in Canada was designated by COSEWIC as "Extirpated" (Saskatchewan Department of Tourism and Renewable Resources 1978).  At the time the conclusion was that "many authorities consider the swift fox extinct in Canada. There have been sightings over the past few years but none can be considered as confirmed."


Status report

Status reports provide current information on species that have been identified for special consideration.  The swift fox was returned, as a result of a reintroduction program, to parts of its original Canadian range.  The ecological consequences of the disappearance of the species have never been evaluated.  Similarly, its niche within altered ecosystems following reintroduction has not been fully evaluated. This report documents the restoration and numerical status of a small carnivore once present, then missing, and now returned to one of Canada's most threatened ecosystems.