Socks sought to bait weasels for wildlife research

Courtesy photoUC researchers need socks for their research on the fisher weasel

Courtesy photoUC researchers need socks for their research on the fisher weasel

We’ve all been there before: You’re folding clean laundry and you end up with socks without a match.

Now there’s something you can do with those orphaned feet warmers.

University of California wildlife researchers are requesting socks for their studies on a rare weasel in the Sierra Nevada.

Led by UC Berkeley wildlife biologist Rick Sweitzer, the team is examining the effects of forest thinning on the health of wildlife and forest and water resources. It has determined that socks are the ideal receptacle for hanging weasel bait in trees.

The researchers go through about 250 socks a month to complete their research, which adds up in time, money and resources when prime research time is spent shopping for socks.

Donated socks can be delivered or mailed to 40799 Elliott Drive, Oakhurst, CA 93644.

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