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Ecology of swift fox in Nebraska

Lucia Corral sets a camera 'trap' in an effort to document swift fox in Western Nebraska.

Duration

January 2013 - January 2018

Narrative

In Nebraska, shortgrass prairie is highly altered due to the removal of native grazers and natural fire regimes, the introduction of invasive species, and more recently increasing exploration for oil, gas, and wind energy resources. As such, grassland obligated species have experienced significant reductions in habitat availability and suitability, including the swift fox (Vulpes velox), identified by the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project (SWAP) as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need. As a grassland obligate, swift fox currently occupy only 21% of their historic range; however they fail to occupy the 42% of Nebraska that continues to contain seemingly high quality swift fox habitat. We will conduct population and genetic studies to improve our understanding of swift fox distribution, abundance, and condition in Nebraska in order to develop best management practices for this species.

Research Products and Activities

Presentations

  • Corral, L., L.A. Powell, T.J. Frink, S. Wilson, J.J. Fontaine. 2013. Canid community composition and distribution across Nebraska. Nebraska Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Chadron, NE.
  • Corral, L., J.J. Fontaine, and L.A. Powell. 2013. Canid community composition and distribution across Nebraska. Nebraska Natural Legacy Conference. Nebraska City, NE.
  • Corral, L., J.J. Fontaine, and L.A. Powell. 2013. Canid community composition and distribution across Nebraska. The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 10

Phd Students: 15

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 26

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 35

Scientific Publications: 110

Presentations: 192

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • Nebraska Department of Roads
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Links

Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  5. Wildlife Management Institute