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Pet tips
August 04, 2014, 05:00 AM By Scott Delucchi

Our neighbors told us about their new intruders: mice. They were set to buy sticky glue traps since they are the “humane” ones, they said. They figured they would trap the mice, then gently pull them off the glue trap and release them outside. The amount of force it would take to pull a trapped mouse from a glue trap would cause significant injuries and probable loss of limbs. Our Wildlife Rescue Center receives animals that owners never intended to target with glue traps, most notably birds. We received a Great Horned Owl we couldn’t save since he arrived in such bad shape. The owl ingested a rat that had been stuck to a glue trap. We guessed the owl also ingested glue, which prevented it from opening its beak and very likely also cause intestinal blocking. Very sad, painful ending, just as it is for targeted species, like rodents. We advise residents to consider alternatives to glue traps, and people are often surprised to hear that we would actually suggest snap traps over the glue traps. But they are much more humane; the death is instantaneous, as opposed to the prolonged suffering animals experience when stuck to traps. They usually die of starvation, but some will gnaw off their own limbs to free themselves. Of course, snap traps must be placed carefully so pets and children aren’t injured. Residents might also consider humane traps; these don’t harm animals at all. The trap is baited with food and a door closes behind the hungry rodent. Then, the owner takes the trap to an area away from their home to release the rodent. Of course, the best form of rodent control is prevention; removing inadvertent food sources, shelter sources (even ivy climbing a wall) and sealing all holes around your home. Our experts can suggest measures to make your home and yard less attractive. Please call 650/340-7022, ext. 314. 

Scott oversees PHS/SPCA’s Adoption, Behavior and Training, Education, Outreach, Field Services, Cruelty Investigation, Volunteer and Media/PR program areas and staff from the new Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion.

 

 

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