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Old March 14th, 2016, 02:39 AM
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Field mice deaths in humane traps

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I've been having a bit of mice problems in the house and have been using catch and release traps. So far the catch and release traps have been working spectacularly, 6 fields mice caught and released all healthy. I do not use poison.

Today I opened one of my traps to find two young mice, one dead the other on the brink of death, shallow breath and twitching. Now I'm worried that the mice might be potentially carrying a disease, or it ate some bird seeds out of a box I was trying to disinfect with lysol wipes. Should I be concerned?

I felt bad for the little guy he looked like he was suffering, I didn't know what to do. Is it best to let them die naturally like that, or is there a more humane way to send them off .
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Old March 14th, 2016, 06:22 AM
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wow that's a tough situation. Kudos for handling it well.
You are trying to be humane and you've done a good job. I too have used release traps for a mouse at one point.

But I'm not convinced you can know for certain why the mouse was in that state. ...I think if it were me I'd still bring them outside near a tree or something. It would bother me though and I agree it's a sad thing . I'd be curious to know what others might suggest.
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Old March 14th, 2016, 10:19 AM
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It doesn't sound like a disease. As fast as they seemed to die, I wonder if they got into poison somewhere? Perhaps a neighbor is using poison bait traps? If that's a possibility, then I wouldn't leave the dead or ailing mice out where something might eat them and also be poisoned.

Not sure that there's a more humane way to handle it besides what you're already doing.

Very sad, though.
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Old March 14th, 2016, 03:29 PM
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It doesn't sound like a disease. As fast as they seemed to die, I wonder if they got into poison somewhere? Perhaps a neighbor is using poison bait traps? If that's a possibility, then I wouldn't leave the dead or ailing mice out where something might eat them and also be poisoned.

Not sure that there's a more humane way to handle it besides what you're already doing.

Very sad, though.
That is what I am thinking , they got into some poison and since there is no way of knowing for sure the mice should NOT be set free.
A hawk or other animal could eat the mice and dies too or get very sick . It would best to help the poor thing cross over the Rainbow bridge for mice . Then call the health department and see what the best way to handle the bodies .
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