Deer Mice


Deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus)

Most people encounter this adorable mouse in woodland cabins, although sometimes they will move into other buildings near the woods. They feed on seeds, nuts, berries, insects and subterranean fungi. This grey-above, white-beneath mouse with his big ears and eyes is a most attractive Island rodent.

A word of caution: deer mice may carry the dangerous hanta virus, which can infect humans with serious results. While relatively few Canadians have died from this virus, it should be avoided as the mortality rate is quite high. The virus may be found in droppings, so be careful around the cabin!