The Reintroduction Of The Swift Fox (Vulpes velox) Into Southern Alberta
The Swift Fox (Vulpes velox) has been on the Canadian endangered species list since the early 1980s. Due to increasing factors that limit the spread of their population, such as predators, vehicle collisions, and reductions in prey species, the Swift Fox population has had trouble re-establishing itself in Alberta. In this document a suitable area for possible reintroduction of the Swift Fox into Southern Alberta will be determined using a GIS-based Multi-Criteria Evaluation (MCE) model. This study was conducted in Southern Alberta from Edmonton south to the United States/ Canada border and includes the Swift Fox’s current home range. The factors that were used for this analysis were determined from literature reviews culminating the current model that is based around said factors. The model produced a map detailing the suitability of the potential sites on a scale of 0 - 100. All potential sites were left on the map as these are areas based on previous research. The ideal location would be the area located to the west of Highway 4 and within the Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area. It is recognize that there are limitations inherent to any MCE model approach and is recommend that thorough research should be conducted in a way that addresses these limitations.