Illusive Second Ringtail Released in Southern Idaho
OAKLEY, Idaho (AP) — A second elusive ringtail has been captured in south-central Idaho and released back into the wild with a radio collar attached.
The Times-News reports in a story on Tuesday that biologists hope to use the information they obtain to find out if ringtails are migrating to Idaho from the south or if there's a resident population that's good at going undetected.
Ringtails are smaller than a house cat and are mostly brown but have distinctive black- and white-ringed tails. The nocturnal carnivores are members of the raccoon family.
The newspaper reports that a male ringtail was captured Feb. 17 near Oakley. A female named Eva was captured south of Twin Falls last spring.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologist Ross Winton says Eva's collar is still transmitting.