This Merriam's shrew was found in 2011 by a team of Dickinson State University students led by Michael Shaughnessy. In the second year of the project, a second sorex merriami was found in a different part of western North Dakota. The first is part of DSU's Natural History Collection, the second was requested by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. These were the second and third Merriam's shrews found in North Dakota. The first was found outside of Medora in 1913.
Finding of the shrew: DSU research team makes rare discovery of mammal twice
For the second time in as many summers, a Dickinson State University research team has discovered a rare shrew not found in North Dakota for nearly 100 years.
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