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Published April 01 2012

Dickinson State finds rare shrew

DICKINSON — Dickinson State University officials say a shrew weighing 5 grams captured in Billings County is a huge find.

Biology professor Michael Shaughnessy Jr. tells the Dickinson Press that the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of Natural History has confirmed that the shrew captured during a research project is the only the second of its kind found in North Dakota.

Shaughnessy says the other documented specimen of the Merriam's shrew in North Dakota was caught near Medora in 1913.

The find was part of an ongoing project involving six students funded by the state Game and Fish Department to survey prairie dog towns.