Swift Fox-A “Jackson County, Iowa, trapper” asks for information of the animal called swift, and in reply you say, “There is a fox known as the ‘swift’ I believe in some localities.
“It is the common grey fox of the southern states which strays into the north occasionally.” You are a bit wrong there.
The swift is a species or at least a sub-species of the fox and is in a class by itself. Its range is in the far southwest and I never knew of its coming farther north than the northern limit of New Mexico. When I was in New Mexico some years ago I saw some of them. One day I was out on the plains with the highway commissioner; a swift stood on a knoll near the road and would not move till a shot was fired at him by a Mexican who was with us. Then he headed for the foothills two or three miles away and I never saw faster time than that. They take their name from their fleetness.
They stand somewhat higher than the gray fox and of a darker color. It was said out there that they could outrun a greyhound, but perhaps there is a question about that.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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