Scientists puzzled over rare mammal in S. Idaho

Scientists puzzled over rare mammal in S. Idaho

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Scientists puzzled over rare mammal in S. Idaho

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 22 at 10:14 AM

TWIN FALLS, Idaho - Idaho biologists are getting new insight into the presence of the elusive ringtail in the state.

Biologists are tracking a female ringtail that was captured on the south side of Twin Falls on March 21 and then fitted with a radio collar.

State Department of Fish and Game biologist Ross Winton tells The Twin Falls Times-News that biologists have no idea what the ringtail population is in southern Idaho.

This tiny carnivore with big ears, pointed nose, long tail and striking facial markings is a member of the raccoon family. It eats rodents, birds, berries and insects and inhabits mostly the rocky deserts of the Southwest and Mexico.

Biologists plan to start a ringtail DNA database to determine whether Idaho's ringtails are connected with populations in Utah or Nevada.

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