Trail was pretty consistently 1.5" wide.
Scat under a log near an ephemeral pool. No other Microtus sp. in the region.
Caught in a Sherman live trap.
This adult male was killed by my (indoor) cat. In 25 years here, I never encountered a cotton rat in the house. Body length was 140 mm and tail about 100 mm.
animal and tracks in a trot - courtesy of our cat
tracks and trail
Tail was bicolor. Body was around 4 in. excluding tail.
Partially eaten. No tracks except some bird tracks and these were not large enough to be a large enough raptor. Probably scavenging crows. Assumption is that a raptor dropped muskrat here. Tracks should have been found in the surrounding snow and there weren't any.
Photographs by Paul Benson, pjbphotos.co.uk
Mom freaked when I turned the board, and dragged off some particularly tenacious suckling pinkies with her. What exactly is going on with her ears?
She had a bunch of pink babies..
We found these two mandibles that we believe are from a Grasshopper Mouse in the Great Horned Owl pellets previously pictured. I don't know if they are from Mearns' Grasshopper Mouse or Northern Grasshopper Mouse. In fact, they could be from two different individuals. So I'm leaving the ID at Onychomys sp. for now. Can anyone tell?
Meadow Vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus) live-trapped, then released as part of a prey-base study for Short-eared Owls on the Montezuma Wetlands Complex; photo = Vole,Meadow_MAC_©DaveSpier_D071892iN
White-footed Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) live-trapped, then released as part of a prey-base study for Short-eared Owls on the Montezuma Wetlands Complex; photo = Mouse,White-footed_©DaveSpier_D071904iN
Shows yucca leaves cut by a woodrat. Taken during Earth Native Wilderness School's Wildlife Tracking Intensive 2013-2014.
Dead in barn in rural grassland setting. Tail length 96mm, total length 171 mm, hind foot length 23mm, ear length 21 mm.