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30th-Mar-2010 12:12 pm
Pirate Mouse
Recently our mouse has decided that not only is the birdseed food, but so is the trap I'd left out. (I closed it before leaving 2 weekends ago, and found it not only open, but moved, on my return.)

Yesterday I went by the hardware store on Stadium and bought both another pair just like the "food" ones (which have hosted to date 4 mice, at least 3 of them distinct) AND a different sort -- a large metal cage-like trap that will hold "30 ratones". It's kind of cool -- it resets itself.

This morning, the familiar trap was still set, the bucket with food at the bottom was empty but for food, but I didn't even need to stoop and shine a light to see that the large metal one was occupied. A tiny white inquisitive nose was peeking out.

It was late enough, that I piled us into the car and drove to a nearby park. I'm not SURE it was different from the very first mouse (the bouncy one with big ears) I caught. I think both the colors and the personality were a little different, but I was at a different angle, and s/he's a bit older and more experienced now.

So when I get home "at midnight" I'll need to figure out how to clean this trap, do so, and reposition it.

I think it's not quite so frightening for the critters. The only mess I saw was the debris from the birdseed I baited it with. This one seemed to have an "I'm trapped; may as well eat" mindset.
30th-Mar-2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
You should start taking pictures of them, then you can compare them to each other to find out if it's the same mouse coming back or a relative. Myself, I haven't seen a live mouse in the house, ever. If one should get in, the cats kill it before showing it to me.
2nd-Apr-2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
That's an idea. (Besides, they're darned cute!) Although, I'm not sure how to do it in practice -- In the little mouse-sized containers, sometimes they need encouragement to come out, and usually they need me to hold the door open. The new one is a little difficult to open (2 handed) -- I think I'd need a photographer to come along on the release. Once they're out, other than the stupid one that I thought wouldn't live long, they were GONE.
30th-Mar-2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
I listened, but I didn't hear anything this morning. Sorry, I didn't look.
2nd-Apr-2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
No worries. S/he was quiet, and besides, as I recall, that was the day you left at mumble-thud.
31st-Mar-2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
I know you're doing catch & release, but I just can't help picturing you sitting in a den next to a roaring fire, with little mouse heads mounted on the wall like some big game hunter's prize.
2nd-Apr-2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
If only I were an artist. I like that image.
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