The down side of leaving the back door open for the animals to go out during the day is that other animals come in. For the last couple of weeks I have a little visitor leaving "chocolate sprinkles" all over my counters and stove at night. I finally bought a snazzy live trap at the local store (we only have one store in town). Like a Roach Motel, the mouse goes in, but cannot get back out.
So, I've had the trap set for about a week, and yesterday afternoon I noticed the bait had been moved around. Sure enough, I had a capture. This morning I took him (her?) for a long walk.
Was s/he just sleepy, or not feeling well? Whatever the reason, s/he did not want to come out.
I had to get a little aggressive and shake him/her loose.
Finally, success. But once out, s/he just didn't want to move. Maybe it was just too chilly. Or maybe the poor thing was just terrified.
I took a look at the tail to see if it had a little tuft of white fur off the end, a sign of the deer mouse. It didn't, so perhaps this was a white-footed mouse.
After a little encouragement and some gentle stroking on its head and back, the little thing seemed to perk up a bit.
A little exploration followed.
Toby was dying of curiosity and I finally let him take a close look (and sniff).
Soon thereafter the mouse slowly scampered into the leaves and vanished. I gathered up my lenses, the trap and the dog, and we headed home.