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Northern Short-tailed Shrew. Photo: Giles Gonthier
Northern Short-tailed Shrew. Photo: Giles Gonthier

Natural Selections: More on Shrews

Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley revisit this feisty predator, whose fierce reputation comes from a high metabolism and the need to consume 80-90 percent of their body weight in food each day to survive. The small insectivore is active throughout the winter, shrinking in size until spring.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Fisher Cats

Neither a fish-eater nor a cat, the fisher is kin to the weasel. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about this unusual predator, whose favored prey are hare or porcupine. Along with a few other mammals, fisher breed in one season, then suspend their pregnancy for up to ten months to give birth in spring.  Go to full article

Cougars Confirmed Michigan's Upper Peninsula

For many years, state and federal wildlife officials have considered the cougar extinct in New York and the rest of the Great Lakes region. However, many people claim to have seen the large predatory cat long after it supposedly disappeared. Investigations are underway in many states, and in Canada. Now, a wildlife biologist in Michigan says he has proof that a breeding population of wild cougars is living in the Upper Peninsula. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Gretchen Millich reports.  Go to full article

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