The swift fox is classified as At Risk in the General Status of Alberta Wild Species report. See:
Also see the Status of the Swift Fox in Alberta report at:
This species is also listed as Endangered under the Wildlife Act. For more information on this species and the
assessment and listing process, see:
- At present, it is estimated that there are approximately 96 swift foxes in Alberta, most of them the offspring of released
- The population is stable or increasing slightly, but the species remains extremely vulnerable because of its small numbers
and limited distribution.
- Limited factors to swift fox population success include:
- Habitat fragmentation due to human agricultural and oil exploration activities
- Competition and predation from coyotes
- Pesticide use and overgrazing which may negatively impact prey species
- Because the swift fox is designated as Endangered under the Alberta Wildlife Act, it is a protected species. It
is illegal to harm a swift fox or disturb its dens anywhere or at anytime in Alberta.
Updated: Jan 8, 2014