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I didn't think to check the mousetrap in the pantry yesterday.… 
19th-Oct-2009 07:17 pm
Nature

I didn't think to check the mousetrap in the pantry yesterday. Today when I got home I noted that it had been sprung. I hefted it and wasn't sure if it was occupied or not. I really didn't expect it TO be, since I've never caught a mouse before, and I've had these traps for 15 years or so. I opened it slowly, saw motion, closed it, and took a walk. We have a somewhat wild place not too far away.

Reaching my destination, I knelt by the side of the path, put the trap down, pointing away from the path. Opened it.

Nothing. Then slowly a long nose, very pretty brown & grey, emerged. (HOW EVER did s/he turn hirself around inside that little box!) Huge ears. Large beady black eyes. The most amazing whiskers. Eventually s/he emerged all the way. Turned around and started to scamper onto the walk I was kneeling on. Saw me, thought better of it, turned around, and went poing poing poing off into the brush.

Comments 
20th-Oct-2009 12:17 am (UTC)
Oh, man. Bet you a dollar it'll be back to your place by tomorrow night! If there's one, there's a hundred!
20th-Oct-2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Well, if it is, and I catch it, next time I drive it somewhere. Across the river. If it comes back then I'll sigh mightily, announce my intent, and go get a snapping trap from the hardware store.

I've had "only 1" mouse before. It was a brutal winter. (the same one where my heat tape on the trailer was still working but my pipes froze anyhow. -17, with -50 wind chill.) I resolved to keep it as a pet if I caught it, because I just couldn't turn it loose out there.
20th-Oct-2009 12:20 am (UTC)
Go Margaret Go!
Will you be at OVFF?
20th-Oct-2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
*g* Planning on it. See you there?
20th-Oct-2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Yup! See you this weekend
20th-Oct-2009 01:37 am (UTC)
I'm wondering if instead of a house mouse, what you had was a peromyscus, or a deer mouse, (which is what I've got now.
20th-Oct-2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Could well be. I only really saw it not-moving-much from behind its head, but the ears were huge, and indeed more pointed. I thought of Fennec Foxes.
20th-Oct-2009 01:54 am (UTC)
I love mice. They're cute AND phenomenally successful animals. I do keep them from inside our house, but there are probably hundreds on our property. There are at least a few living in the garage, I see them when I go out there at night sometimes, and smile as I see them running around (though they do get into the car sometimes and cause a little trouble).

They always move into the bird houses in the fall and I leave them to live there all winter, then kick them out around about April. This year I had to leave one nest for an extra few weeks because there were still babies inside.
20th-Oct-2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
*g* I don't have birdhouses, or I'd probably do the same. A few years ago I found what I assume was a mouse-nest in the ground. I stepped on it as I was mowing, and there was much squeaking. I avoided it after that except when I showed the spouse where it was. (Yes it squeaked again when I nudged it with my toe that time.)

But it is amazing how much mess and problem they can cause inside.
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