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The Swift Fox (Vulpes velox) is a small light orange-tan fox around the size of a domestic cat found in the western grasslands of North America, such as Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. It also lives in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta in Canada, where it was previously extirpated. It is closely related to the Kit Fox and the two species are sometimes known as subspecies of Vulpes velox because hybrids of the two species occur naturally where their ranges overlap.

The Swift Fox lives primarily in short-grass prairies and deserts. Due to predator control programs in the 1930s, it was considered extinct in Canada for some time, but reintroduction programs have been successful in reintroducing the species. Due to stable populations elsewhere, the species is considered by the IUCN to be of Least Concern.

Like most canids, the Swift Fox is an omnivore, and its diet includes grasses and fruits as well as small mammals, carrion, and insects. In the wild, its lifespan is three to six years, and it breeds once annually, from late December to March, depending on the geographic region. Pups are born anywhere from March to mid-May, and are weaned at six to seven weeks old……….
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Photographed June 6, 2010


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  • martinilogic
    martinilogicover 4 years ago

    great capture and wonderful narrative… wow.. what a cool looking animal

  • Hiya Rick!
    She’s a cutie alright!
    Thanks a million for stopping by with your cool comments………
    Always great to see you…………
    sincerely, Rosie

    – PrairieRose

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 4 years ago

    He is a beauty and this is a great capture Rosie, very well done!!

  • So nice of you to say dear Marvin!
    Thanks ever so much my kind Friend………….
    sincerely, Rosie

    – PrairieRose

  • Victoria DeMore
    Victoria DeMoreover 4 years ago

    Seems as though I wasn’t the only one on the hunt with a camera this weekend hehe :-) Fantastic image Rosie! Love the light and that slight michevious look in his eye. Wonderful capture hon!!

  • Always love to read your beautiful compliments Ms. Torrie!
    Thank you ever so much my sweet Friend…………….
    sincerely, Rosie

    – PrairieRose

  • Lolabud
    Lolabudover 4 years ago

    What a cute little fox. You captured his personality so well Rose. I love both of these shots.

  • Thanks a million dear Pam!
    Truly appreciate your thoughts on my images………………
    sincerely, Rosie

    – PrairieRose

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 4 years ago

    aaaaaaaaaah!,,,what a love !!!!

  • YOU are a love!
    Thank you kindly sweet Isa………………….
    sincerely, Rosie

    – PrairieRose

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 4 years ago

    What a sweet little face u captured !! where was he ? A real cutie !:0) xo judy

  • Unfortunately, she lives in the zoo with her pack…………
    They were very active this morning and then no sight of them later in the afternoon…………..
    I guess I got lucky……………..
    Big, big thanks sweet Judy for your looking and leaving your wonderful comment……………
    sincerely, Rosie

    – PrairieRose

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture……..looks so adorable !!

  • Hey Sean,
    Thanks so much for popping by with your awesome comment………..
    This was taken in your own home town zoo…………..! yeah, really!
    sincerely, Rosie

    – PrairieRose

  • jean-louis bouzou
    jean-louis bouzouover 4 years ago

    So cute!:o)… Splendid animal and captures!!!

  • Thanks alot dear Jean-Louis!
    sincerely, Rosie

    – PrairieRose

  • John44
    John44over 4 years ago

    Magnificent work!! Great colors and well seen and composed!!

  • That is so nice!
    Thanks a million for your high praise on this image!
    sincerely, Rosie

    – PrairieRose

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture

  • Many thanks sweet Kathy!
    sincerely, Rosie

    – PrairieRose

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