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Pack rat middens reveal south-central Idaho plant history

Sep. 03, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Scientists studying pack rat middens at the City of Rocks National Reserve in south-central Idaho have determined that the area’s iconic pinyon pine trees first arrived about 2,800 years ago and became prevalent about 700 years ago. That's...

2nd Massachusetts bald eagle death blamed on rat poison

Aug. 13, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A second bald eagle has died in Massachusetts this year after ingesting a highly toxic poison meant to kill rats, state wildlife officials said. The female fledgling was found in distress on the ground in Middlesex County in late July and...

Rat nests contribute to fossil record in odd Wyoming cave

Jul. 25, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

NATURAL TRAP CAVE, Wyo. (AP) — It’s time to praise pack rats. The small rodents with big eyes are helping scientists decipher climate change deep inside a chilly Wyoming cave. “Pack rats compulsively gather all kinds of stuff in their nests —...

Disabled man says rat-infested camper is only housing option

Jul. 25, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Stewart Buller, 54, has spent the last two months at a Lake Charles RV park, living in a rundown camper that has power, but no running water. Disabled for the last two years, he has to retrieve water from a nearby faucet, urinate in cups and defecate in buckets. ...