Swift Foxes along Hi-Line Subject of Ongoing Study


February 1, 2023

Jules Nelson and Daniel Johnson are wildlife technicians gathering data for a study about the status of swift fox in our area. They and another team are working an area roughly from Havre to Glasgow with US Highway 2 and the border with Canada being the South and North boundaries, respectively. The pair are pictured in front of the pickup holding traps that are used in the study.

I noticed a Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks (FWP) pickup parked for several days in front of the Grande Villa where my wife and I live in Chinook. During the day the pickup was loaded with some sort of animal traps, some mornings a full load, other days most of the traps gone. Asking around I finally met up with Jules Nelson and Daniel Johnson, two FWP wildlife technicians gathering data for an ongoing census survey to determine the status of swift foxes in our area.

Jules Nelson, from Cincinnati, graduated with a degree in biology in 2020 and has worked as a technician collecting data fo...

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