New frog species discovered in New Jersey, New York

As biologists explore ever further into the outer reaches of the planet, sometimes the next new species is on Staten Island. A Rutgers researcher and a team of coauthors have discovered a new species of frog that had been hiding in plain sight along the east coast, according to a new paper published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE…"The discovery of a new frog species from the urban Northeast is truly remarkable," said Jeremy Feinberg, a doctoral candidate in Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, who said the discovery "was really an accident."

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Bear attack in West Milford happened after warning from hikers, was ‘one in a million,’ experts say

The five hikers who were apparently attacked by a bear last month in West Milford, with one ending up dead, were warned along the trail by hikers who said they were being followed by the animal, authorities said today…"Bears are generally fearful of humans, and will avoid interactions with people whenever possible," added Brooke Maslo, an assistant professor at Rutgers University’s Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources.

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‘Gold Medal Horse Farm’ status awarded to Wood Hollow Farm

New Jersey has an abundance of picturesque horse farms with rolling green pastures and well-managed grounds. Starting in 2012, a joint project between the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University (NJAES), the Rutgers Equine Science Center, and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) called the New Jersey Equine Environmental Stewardship Program sought to recognize these farms with an award that can be displayed by the roadside. The award is called the Gold Medal Horse Farm award. The award and overall program gives recognition to outstanding equine farms for their dedication to environmental sustainability and management.

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Open Space Pace draws attention to connection between horse industry and land preservation

Besides the opportunity to view an equine parade down Freehold’s Main Street followed by an afternoon of harness racing, the third annual Open Space Pace (OSP) offered attendees the chance to learn about many of the horse-related businesses and organizations located in the Garden State…Dr. Karyn Malinowski, director of the Rutgers Equine Science Center, was Grand Marshal of the parade, riding her former harness racehorse Could Be Magic. Now 21 years old, Could Be Magic has a new career as a foxhunter.

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Rutgers student who died was animal lover, ‘creative, bubbly, positive’

Caitlyn Kovacs, a 19-year-old Rutgers University sophomore who died Sunday morning, was a great employee who loved animals, her former boss said. "It wasn’t just a job for her," said Brenda Janner, the owner of the pet-sitting business Beg ‘n Bark in Princeton, where Kovacs worked this summer. "We’re all in shock about the whole thing." Kovacs, an animal sciences major, was at a small gathering off campus in New Brunswick when she appeared to be in distress, the Middlesex County prosecutor said. Her friends took her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead early Sunday morning.

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