Are they wild, or domestic?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by zealot, Jan 21, 2007.

Is the house mouse wild, domestic, or neither?

  1. The house mouse is wild.

  2. The house mouse is domestic.

  3. I can't really call it either one.

  4. Who cares? I just need help setting this trap!

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  1. zealot

    zealot Soli Deo Gloria

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    I've pondered this question for a couple of years, and I think of it whenever we trap one or hear one chewing in the walls. It's not exactly a zoological question, but more of a philosophical question. The house mouse: is it wild, or domestic?
    In a way it seems wild. Humans do not deliberately feed them, house them, or take care of them. Mice often live in fields and wooded lots, in wastelands and the sites of old buildings. People even have cats for the express purpose of controlling mice.
    Yet in another way, the house mouse seems domestic. It follows human civilization from continent to continent. It is even found in our houses and barns, manmade buildings. It eats food and garbage that we leave behind, and keeps warm in our heat vents. Its distribution has largely been enabled by humans.
    But then again, you can't call them domestic like a dog, or a cat, or a sheep.
    So I've started a poll. What's your verdict on the mouse?
     
  2. fantasymaker

    fantasymaker Well-Known Member

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    Wild, defenitly wild like the cockroach it thrives dispite our best efferts
     

  3. botebum

    botebum Up the Creek

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    Whether wild or domestic, does not matter. Like an ex-spouse, it is a pest and should be dispatched with extreme predjudice and urgency.

    Doug
     
  4. Queen Bee

    Queen Bee Well-Known Member Supporter

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    They are cute little wild critters when they are outside....in my house :nono: they are dead! Queen Bee
     
  5. james dilley

    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The Only use the rodents have is Medical Experiments otherwise the only good mouse/rat is A dead one.
     
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    omnicat Well-Known Member

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    Mus Musculus is the latin for the House Mouse. (there are tons of species)

    It's not "domestic" merely because it has evolved to make use of the opportunities of shelter and food and humans unintentionally provide it (i.e. it was never "raised" intentionally by people - therefore not domestic). It originated in Asia. It arrived in Flordia in the early 16th century on ships. It has since spread, and is found all through the continental United States, and into half of Canada.

    Hope that helps. It certainly isn't endangered, and since it's not indigenous to this continent, it wouldn't qualify anyway (even if it were possible to trap it into extinction here). So trap away.
     
  7. Sammy

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    I voted "Who Cares".
     
  8. MoonShine

    MoonShine Fire On The Mountain

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    Wild,definitely....
     
  9. hrslvrtrailridr

    hrslvrtrailridr Well-Known Member

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    Wild, yet will improve on its own lifestyle whenever possible.
     
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    Dead, if I can do anything about it. I hate those meeces to pieces.
     
  11. Steve L.

    Steve L. Well-Known Member

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    It's wild. And it's evolving into a parasite.
     
  12. HeavenHelpMe

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    It's wild.

    It's just a disease-breeding, live cat toy and snake food.

    God made 'em to die, basically. Protein for higher up the food chain. That is why they breed so quickly.
     
  13. tinknal

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    Are head lice domestic? :D
     
  14. SunsSpot

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    They are wild pests that the cat domesticates for toys, and food.
    Did you know a male cat will not eat the testicles of male mouse.
     
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    sullen Question Answerer

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    I will vote domestic if it gets to cleanin'. DH sucked 3 up in the shop vac, I will check and see how much cleaning they have done. Tomorrow.
     
  16. morrowsmowers

    morrowsmowers Well-Known Member

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    They are wild critters but we had one in our old house that used to come out in the evening, sit on the floor, and look at the TV -- guess the moving colors fascinated him. DW hated me catching him in a trap -- I work evenings and nights and that little fella was her TV buddy.

    Ken in Glassboro, NJ :)
     
  17. tinknal

    tinknal Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I had a house ermine once. I figured I'd rather have him than the critters he was eating........... until he ran across my head while I was sleeping........
     
  18. zealot

    zealot Soli Deo Gloria

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    I see that the overwhelming majority opinion is "wild", but I was surprised at how many votes the "who cares" option got.