Know the difference between swift foxes, coyotes and red foxes


January 10, 2020

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From left: Swift fox, coyote and red fox, juvenile

Do you know the difference between a coyote, a red fox and a swift fox? If you are hunting predators in Southeastern Montana, you need to know, because the swift fox is a species of concern and cannot be shot or trapped in this region.

Swift foxes are much smaller than coyotes or red foxes and much less common, but there are some similarities that can be misleading if people don't know what to look for.

Swift foxes are about the size of a house cat, smaller than red foxes and only about a fifth the size of coyotes. In winter their coats are buffy-gray above, and orange-tan on the sides, leg...

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