Snow and Mice

I live in Montana. We have wildlife aplenty and that includes mice. We also have snow and freezing temperatures. It has been mostly below zero so far this winter. Now if you combine the two, you get cold mice. Most mice look for somewhere nice and warm like a house or a barn. Not me. I got the mouse that was looking for a mobile home- namely my Jeep.  When my son and I were getting in to head for school the other morning I found this…img_8825

all over the seat. It was bits of the animal cracker box that had been sitting on the seat. The little bugger tried both ends of the box but gave up at the foil.img_8826

Upon further inspection I found more…img_8828

The little mouse had torn apart the old empty beef jerky wrapper that was under the seat.img_8829

It also shredded half a roll of paper towels that were in the back.

I’m a live and let live kind of girl, but this mouse was making an absolute mess of my Jeep! I started searching every nook and cranny that I could find for the furry little beast but had no luck in finding it. I only found lots of shredded paper and mouse droppings. I suddenly had horrible visions of driving down snow covered icy roads and swerving to my death because the mouse decided to run up my leg or something. I knew I had to do something about it.

First I had to find out if the mouse was still in the Jeep. I set the animal cracker box in a different location, but so far no more bits have been ripped off of it. I could leave d-CON out for it to eat, but knowing my luck it would crawl up under the dash and die where I couldn’t get to it and the whole Jeep would smell like death for days. I thought about taking my cat out and letting her wander around inside the cab and see if she could find it but it’s a bit cold to sit out there waiting for cat/mouse instinct to set in. I might just have to set out a trap with peanut butter on it and hope for the best.

I guess we’ll see what happens. Who knows maybe I’ll be lucky and the little gypsy mouse has figured out that my Jeep isn’t going to fulfill its wanderlust and move on to someone more well traveled.

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