Foxes released on Lower Brule Sioux reservation

Soux Falls, South Dakota (AP) 11-08

The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe recently released 40 swift foxes in an ongoing effort to re-establish the animals on the reservation.

It’s the third such release of the prairie foxes in three years, bringing the total to 119.

The foxes were captured in western Kansas.

Swift foxes typically inhabit short- and mid-grass prairies that are flat to gently rolling.

They are one of the smallest canine species and weigh between four and six pounds – about the size of a house cat. Their diet consists of small mammals, such as rodents and rabbits.

Swift foxes were once abundant in South Dakota and historically occupied all of South Dakota except the easternmost counties.