Trap Free Montana

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Promoting education, modern day science, and non-lethal alternatives to trapping that foster responsible stewardship and respectful coexistence with wildlife.

Swift Fox

What do you think the value of this rare 5 lb, 12" high, legally trapped little creature in Montana is?
FWP had said there was no reported market value for them.

Swift fox are shy, fast, nocturnal, cat sized vixens that live on the grasslands. Scientists refer to them as indicators of healthy prairies. They are half the size of the typically known red fox, their coats are less red and their tail is tipped with black instead of white. They spend most of their time in burrows on the prairie and feed predominantly on prairie dogs. Their major predator are coyotes.
photo of Swift fox
Swift fox mate for life and breed Dec-Feb producing litter sizes of 4-5 kits.

Swift fox have been reduced to less than 40% of their historic range across the prairies which ran from central Alberta, Canada, south to central Texas, and from western Iowa to Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. Habitat loss, hunting and trapping remain major threats for this species who lives an average of only 3-4 yrs in the wild. According to researchers, swift fox are very easily to trap.

As a result of massive killing campaigns utilizing traps and poisons against wild canines and prairie dogs, and the plowing up of grasslands for agriculture and livestock, the swift fox was finally considered extinct in Montana by 1969. It hadn't been seen in decades.
Over a six year period, beginning in 1998, 123 swift fox were reintroduced into Montana.

Legalized trapping of swift fox was re-instituted in Montana several years ago. The season generally runs from Nov 1-March 1 unless a quota is reached. Customarily, the trapping season correlates to their pregnancy, birthing and dependent young.
For  the Montana 2016 trapping proposals swift fox quotas were reduced from 30 to 10 reflecting the average number reported trapped annually. TFMPL asked why even 10 and pushed for 0 but to no avail.

Where's the science?

Current market price for Swift Fox pelts? $7
phtoto of swift fox
 

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