Scientists studying kangaroo rats’ reactions to moon

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University graduate student Amy Behnke, left, and Assistant Professor of Biology Zach Jones test a camera they set up to monitor the movements of kangaroo rats at the Natural History Museum Prairie Preserve near Portales. After learning how best to set up the camera at the preserve, […]

Rats rescued from food chain

Sharna Johnson “18 cats?” The young officer asked me. “No, 18 rats,” I said, watching the predictable change in his expression while he tried his best to not laugh, instead focusing on his notepad as he scribbled. That’s right, I was filing a police report for 18 stolen rats. Time warp back to the beginning […]

Fair’s pet performance draws crowd

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jo Schrepfer holds out her arms to catch a trained cat during the Pets Overboard pirate show Thursday night at the fair. She said the animal performers were all rescued from animal shelters. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Children giggled and clapped as Comet climbed a ladder and began […]

Letter to the editor: Abandoned homes disgrace to city

Abandoned homes disgrace to city Keep Clovis beautiful. Do we really need reminders for that? Keep weeds cut and debris picked up. Really? We have abandoned houses throughout this town that attract rats, cockroaches, undesirable behavior, and yes, even an occasional dead body. Should these property owners not be made to clean up those properties […]

Rodents don’t deserve bad reputation

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It’s getting about that time for rats and mice to start making their way into our homes to keep warm. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen a Clovis mouse. I’ve never seen a Clovis rat, but I bet Clovis rats would be normal sized compared to the […]

Dog toy sound effects could use improvement

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers The other morning’s meditation was blanketed with its usual soothing lulls; but it was also punctuated by a new sound — a sickly, squeaky noise. My dog was eating my pet rat! As I bolted out of the semi-lotus position, nearly knocking over the Chinese red spice incense, I hurled […]

West Texas residents seeing cotton rat resurgence

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer An eruption of unwelcome and unsightly visitors has disrupted the lives of residents in Parmer County and other West Texas communities. Rick Gilliland, USDA Wildlife Services representative, said favorable weather conditions have fueled a “population explosion” of the hispid cotton rat, an indigenous pest to west Texas and surrounding […]