Saturday, October 1, 2011

Deer Mouse

Deer and White-footed mice are often difficult to identify. This mouse's being young does not help. Note the tail, which is shorter than the body length and white below. The gray back (instead of reddish-brown) also suggests Deer Mouse. Erika and I stumbled upon this individual in a woodland at the edge of the Big Woods State Park. This mouse may have been ill. It did not try to flee, but swayed back and forth in the undergrowth. Such behavior should result in this youngster's becoming dinner for an owl or other predator. If such predation did not exist, the planet would quickly become overrun by mice.

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