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Danny Uoyotnetsili

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Since: Feb 13, 2004
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(Msg. 1) Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2004 2:28 pm
Post subject: *Safely* Capturing Wild Mice at Home
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I have wild mice in my apartment in NYC, and even though I love them and feed
them, it's probably not a good idea for me to keep them or touch them. They
came from behind the stove; an imperfection, a lose and detached washer on the
pipe. I will have that fixed soon. I've never had pet mice or lived with wild
mice around before, and I am amazed at their speed and flexibility. They are
very high strung and can sense your breathing and be out of reach in a split
second.

Anyway, at first I thought it was just one mouse, and I figured it was OK to
feed it. I'd leave a small mayo cap from a mayo jar near an old air conditioner
a friend gave me a year ago, but that I really don't ever plan to use. So, this
mouse, upon observing that I left bits of food in a cap near the a/c, quickly
took the a/c as his/her new home. I would catch him every now and then sneaking
in and out of the a/c while reading in the living room; he is very panicky,
very swift.

To continue, while observing him/her cautiously come out of the a/c a few days
ago, I noticed yet another mouse pop into view in the background. Needless to
say, I freaked out inside, but stayed calm outside; I resolved, right away, to
get that hole fixed. Anyway, I don't want to hurt the mice, I don't want to use
glue traps or spring traps, but I don't know how to catch them to move them to
an appropriate location, safely. This is my dilemma; I love them, don't want to
hurt them and eventually want to move all or most (if there are even more) of
them to a safer more suitable location. I've become quite attached and
attentive to them and feel sorry even, that they have resigned themselves to
the a/c simply to secure a meal :'( And this is why I am here, because most
people will just tell me what I should do to them.

Thanks in advance for any helpful suggestions.

Danny Uoyotnetsili

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Phil L

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(Msg. 2) Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2004 7:00 pm
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Danny Uoyotnetsili wrote:
: I have wild mice in my apartment in NYC, and even though I love them
: and feed them, it's probably not a good idea for me to keep them or
: touch them. They came from behind the stove; an imperfection, a lose
: and detached washer on the pipe. I will have that fixed soon. I've
: never had pet mice or lived with wild mice around before, and I am
: amazed at their speed and flexibility. They are very high strung and
: can sense your breathing and be out of reach in a split second.
:
: Anyway, at first I thought it was just one mouse, and I figured it
: was OK to feed it. I'd leave a small mayo cap from a mayo jar near an
: old air conditioner a friend gave me a year ago, but that I really
: don't ever plan to use. So, this mouse, upon observing that I left
: bits of food in a cap near the a/c, quickly took the a/c as his/her
: new home. I would catch him every now and then sneaking in and out of
: the a/c while reading in the living room; he is very panicky, very
: swift.
:
Never a good idea to feed wild rodents - once they've realised there's a
food supply and it's warm and dry, they will breed like wildfire.Considering
the females can have litters of up to twenty at a time, and can produce a
litter every month, it dosent take long for them to become a plague !
The youngsters can start reproducing themselves when 40 days old and have no
tabboos about mating with their brothers, sons, sisters fathers, uncles etc.
Depending upon when you first started encouraging them, there could be a LOT
of them by now....

: To continue, while observing him/her cautiously come out of the a/c a
: few days ago, I noticed yet another mouse pop into view in the
: background. Needless to say, I freaked out inside, but stayed calm
: outside; I resolved, right away, to get that hole fixed. Anyway, I
: don't want to hurt the mice, I don't want to use glue traps or spring
: traps, but I don't know how to catch them to move them to an
: appropriate location, safely. This is my dilemma; I love them, don't
: want to hurt them and eventually want to move all or most (if there
: are even more) of them to a safer more suitable location. I've become
: quite attached and attentive to them and feel sorry even, that they
: have resigned themselves to the a/c simply to secure a meal :'( And
: this is why I am here, because most people will just tell me what I
: should do to them.

Get yourself a humane trap and let them go far away from your home,
preferably in a wide open space like a park or some fields.
They havent 'resigned themselves' to anything - they have chanced upon an
endless food supply - if they didnt have you, then they would forage for a
meal somewhere else, considering our own habits as a spiecies, I dont think
they would have to look very far.
You dont need to kill them as there are quite a few humane traps around, but
the other problem is this : what are you going to do with them once they're
caught? if you plan on taking them out in the car to set them free, then you
will need a holding tank otherwise you will have to make a lot of journeys
with one mouse at a time.

Once you think they've gone and the hole is sealed up, get yourself a few
tame mice from the pet shop along with a suitable cage and some toys and a
wheel....you will have more fun with these as they will climb onto your
hand, unlike their wild cousins.

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Danny Uoyotnetsili

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(Msg. 3) Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2004 11:02 pm
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Phil L wrote:

>Once you think they've gone and the hole is sealed up, get yourself a few
>tame mice from the pet shop along with a suitable cage and some toys and a
>wheel....you will have more fun with these as they will climb onto your
>hand, unlike their wild cousins.
>
>

Thank you, I am glad you told me this. I thought it might be the right thing to
do also. I will let them find their way back into the hole they came from.

Danny Uoyotnetsili
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Heather M. Fieldhouse

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(Msg. 4) Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2004 8:15 am
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I would recommend not releasing wild mice outdoors during the winter. They
depend on their stores to get them through the winter and would have trouble
getting by. If you are going to release them, they should be released
somewhere sheltered and you should probably leave a pile of birdseed or other
mouse food for them to start their stores with.

I had wild mice and did not want to subject them to the hardships of
relocation, so I kept them. I have them in a few different Sterilite boxes
(clear plastic storage boxes) with ventilation holes drilled in them.
They're extremely wild, but have become less afraid over time. Not to the
point where I could ever touch them, of course. However, they will come out
and run their wheels while I am in the room.

The funny part is that I thought I had one mouse. I ended up catching about
ten.


Heather
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Danny Uoyotnetsili

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(Msg. 5) Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2004 1:03 am
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bunnyhugger (Heather M. Fieldhouser) wrote:

>I would recommend not releasing wild mice outdoors during the winter. They
>depend on their stores to get them through the winter and would have trouble
>getting by. If you are going to release them, they should be released
>somewhere sheltered and you should probably leave a pile of birdseed or other
>
>mouse food for them to start their stores with.
>
>I had wild mice and did not want to subject them to the hardships of
>relocation, so I kept them. I have them in a few different Sterilite boxes
>(clear plastic storage boxes) with ventilation holes drilled in them.
>They're extremely wild, but have become less afraid over time. Not to the
>point where I could ever touch them, of course. However, they will come out
>and run their wheels while I am in the room.
>
>The funny part is that I thought I had one mouse. I ended up catching about
>ten.
>
>
>Heather
>

Thank you for the advice. Unfortunately it's a done deal. I didn't want to do
it in the cold weather, but I felt I had to. They ate well while they were
under my care. I let them out under the cover of night, and on this same city
block. I am sure they will find shelter and food; there are lots of holes and
city folks are sometimes too lazy to dump their snack extras in the garbage
can. However, I did go back to take a look the next day, to see where they
might have gone and to leave some crackers, cheese and oatmeal, just in case,
and I did spot several round holes behind a nearby wall (looks to me as part of
a drainage system), big enough to fit a rat even, and lo and behold a face
peeked out of it. It was too large to be a mouse, it was a rat; something I
never see on this block. I hope they made it to a warm spot safely, they were
adorable and harmless creatures.

Danny Uoyotnetsili
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