It’s been several years since I’ve seen a woodland jumping mouse. Then last week this young one was in our yard, likely left by a cat. There are two species, the meadow and woodland (the tuft on the end of its tail being white). They’re our only hibernating mice and little is known about them. But they do like moisture, and I wondered if we had lost them in recent dry years. So this winter as we are rebuilding our town, they will be sleeping, dreaming of fewer roaming cats, and plenty of rainfall, but no floods!
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