We’re studying about the Hagerman horse fossil, which is Idaho’s state fossil. What other animals lived at the time Hagerman horses were alive?

Question Answered by Dr. Kari Prassack, Lead Paleontologist at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument The Hagerman Fossil Beds are part of the Pliocene Epoch (5.3-2.6 million years ago) and date from about 4 million to 3 million years ago. This is the time just before the ice ages of the Pleistocene Epoch, and Idaho was…

Why are bumblebees hairy?

Question Answered by Cory Braastad, Biological Field Technician, INL ESER Program Bumblebees are large, gentle giants of the bee world. They are actually the largest of the bees. Bumblebees are excellent pollinators. It’s actually the females that do most of the pollinating. Their coats are especially furry. This means their coats easily pick up pollen,…

Do bears have whiskers?

Answered by Gregg Losinski, Conservation Educator At first glance, this would appear to be a simple yes or no question, but like many things with bears, the answer is more complex. The simple answer is that most mammals have things that look like whiskers, bears included. The hairs that we would call whiskers are more…

I know pronghorn drop their horns by the end of November, but when do pronghorns start growing new horns and when is horn growth complete?

Answered by Idaho Fish and Game biologist Pronghorn are quite a unique species. They grow horns that shed annually unlike other species that grow horns that get larger each year like bighorn sheep and mountain goats. Horns are different than antlers. Horns are made from a keratinous sheath that grows from a core of live…