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Deer Mice, Peromyscus maniculatus
2011-2012 Deer Mice
A couple deer mice found their way into my basement. I used the live catch traps and caught them. First, I caught the female and had her for a few weeks before I got her mate. I kept them for a week or so, then released them together into the wild. They were so cute it was definitely tempting to keep them.
Here is a video of the female on August 11, 2011.
Here is the female on August 17, 2011. She not only loved hiding in her new jar, but I also figured this would be a good way to capture and release her later by just putting the lid on while she was resting.
Here she is on September 4, 2011. She never actually used the wheel, but she did like to sit on the middle spindle like this.
Here is the male deer mouse on September 12, 2011. He took over her jar when I put him in the cage. I had to put in another jar for her to use.
Here are both mice getting to know each other through the glass (the female is on the outside) on September 12, 2011.
By September 14, 2011, they were both in the same jar together.
By September 15, 2011, they were snuggling and sleeping together.
Here they are together, napping, on September 18, 2011, shortly before their release. The photos aren't real clear because they were taken through two layers of glass, but you can still see how adorable they are.
On September 18, 2011, at about 5:30 p.m., I released them in an area of brush by Willow creek with a stockpile of peanuts in the jar with them, and a scattering of seeds and nuts all around the area. I left the area before they came out of the jar. I didn't want them to get scared and get separated from one another. I hope they have a nice life together.
Since the mice pictured above were released, many more found their way into my home. I didn't photograph them all, but I did release them in the same area as the other mice. These are mice #10 and 11. These photos were taken on March 8, 2012.
My Pet Deer Mouse from the 1980's
The last time I saw a deer mouse, before the ones in 2011, was the one I caught with a live trap back in the 80's. I kept this guy as a pet for several years. These photos of him were taken in the spring of 1985. Funny, that's the exact same wheel I used for my 2011 mice!
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