As I kinda expected, I had not caught all of the marauding vermin when I captured Bitey #1 a few days ago.
Nothing had hit the trap for a few days and I was beginning to wonder, but my mother reported that she was still hearing "something" up in the attic from time to time so I'd left it in place. I missed the trap going off this time, but when I got up this morning I was treated to the miscreant I'm dubbing "Bitey #2".
After wiring the cage shut to avoid accidents, I took a good look at him. This one is a bit darker than the last one and a bit smaller. He was much more afraid of me and nearly beat himself to death (or so it seemed) racing back and forth as I moved the cage out to the garage.
I decided I'd best do some research on these critters and quickly discovered that they are pack rats
. Relatively intelligent and having more in common with squirrels than mice, they're curious creatures that are usually pretty unafraid of people. They're quite destructive once they find a spot they like, tearing up wiring (yikes!) if they take a fancy to it.
So after I got things otherwise ready (I had chores planned in town) I took him down to the meadow where I released Bitey #1 and set him free. This took a bit of doing it turned out; whereas Bitey #1 just dashed out once he saw the cage was open Bitey #2 was having none of it. I had to eventually lift the cage and shake it relatively hard to get him to drop out, at which point he dashed off to the field. Hopefully he'll join Bitey #1 in their new home.
Steven in Colorado
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|One of the few shots he sat still long enough for|