Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Modest Mouse; the Backbone of a Food Chain

A repost from 10/14/07

Mountain was checking out a den at the edge of a corn field last week when, on a hunch, I peered into a hollow fence post and found this little fellow tucked in and waiting for me and the dogs to move on.

This is a white-footed deer mouse -- the purveyor of Lyme disease, and one of the most important elements on the food chain for fox, hawks and snakes.

For more information on the importance of red fox as a control for white-footed deer mice, see >> Red Fox as Healthy Weapons of Mouse Destruction


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