I have quite the vole infestation in my greenhouse. The ground is polka-dotted with tunnels as they sweep through, eating every earthworm they can find. This weekend, I decided to fight back, and set out traps.
When I first went out, one trap was sprung, and the other was…missing. I finally found it several feet from where I’d set it. It was wedged into a fresh tunnel, sprung, but empty. Or so I thought.
When I opened the trap, there was the head of a vole, neatly trimmed off to the edge of the plastic trap. All I can conclude is that one of its fellows dragged it (trap and all) to the tunnel, where it was eaten by its brethren.
Or perhaps they just took as much of it as they could for a proper volish burial. But somehow, I’m more inclined to believe voles are just nasty little carnivores.
I caught two more that afternoon and threw them out immediately. I haven’t checked the traps in over 24 hours, though, and I’m wondering what I’ll find when I go out there tonight…