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University of Idaho eyes partnering with Peru potato centre

MOSCOW, Idaho — University of Idaho officials are negotiating a deal with the International Potato Center in Peru, in hopes of getting access to the centre’s vast potato gene bank.

More than 4,000 potato varieties that include potatoes cultivated in the Andes thousands of years ago could help solve modern day problems facing potato growers, school officials said.

Black-footed ferrets return to where they held out in wild

MEETEETSE, Wyo. — An endangered weasel is returning to an area of western Wyoming where the critter almost went extinct more than 30 years ago.

Biologists plan to release 35 black-footed ferrets Tuesday near Meeteetse (me-TEET’-see). Scientists thought the black-footed ferret was extinct until a dog brought a dead one home near Meeteetse in 1981.

Scientists capture rare images of wolverine in Sierra Nevada

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Scientists following up on a rare wolverine sighting in the Sierra Nevada set up cameras and captured video of the animal scurrying in the snow, scaling a tree and chewing on bait.

They believe the wolverine is the same one that eight years ago became the first documented in the area since the 1920s.

Plan for federal wolf delisting clears US House

PORTLAND, Ore. — As the battle over Oregon’s recent delisting of the grey wolf as endangered is waged in a courtroom, the state’s lone Republican congressman helped convince the House to approve a plan to remove all protections for the species at the federal level.

The proposal cleared the chamber Wednesday with a 223-201 vote and now heads to the Senate,