Helena-based wildlife group gets $236K for Sierra Nevada red fox project

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The Helena-based Wildlife Ecology Institute was awarded a $236,000 federal grant to work with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to advance recovery efforts for the Sierra Nevada red fox.

These foxes are specially adapted to high-elevation areas from the Sierra Nevada of California north through the Cascades to northern Oregon. In California, Sierra Nevada red foxes exist in very small and isolated populations, which requires specific recovery actions to assure their persistence, officials said.

“Fewer than 100 (Sierra Nevada red foxes) are believed to currently exist in their historic range in California, which prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to recently list this montane subspecies of red fox as endangered in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California,” Tim Hiller, WEI executive director, stated in a news release.

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He said the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and WEI recently completed another project in the Oregon Cascades. Hiller said they will see how to use that information to aid recovery efforts of the fox in California.

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