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Bucky Goldstein wrote at 2014-11-02 00:16:43
Hi Natasha,



I just read your interesting article. However I'd like to point out an error in your statistics. Deer mice are the most populous mammal in North America and they inhabit may human dwellings. If only 1% of all homes in the us have deer mice living in them than 1% of the entire population of the country would be living in close proximity to deer mice and potentially exposed to the virus. I have no statistics of how many homes have mice in them, but I would bet it is more than 1%.



I think it is safe to say that very many more people are unknowingly exposed to deer mice than keep them as pets. This would bring the statistical risk of keeping deer mice as pets down considerably.



Thanks as always,

Bucky Goldstein


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I can answer questions about raising mice and caring for them as pets, with knowledge from my 38 years of having fancy mice as pets. I have NO MEDICAL TRAINING and you should take a sick mouse to the vet; but if you simply can't, I will try to help you. I LOVE PHOTOS!!! I ALSO LOVE UPDATES! Let me know how the little tyke is doing later on, for better or worse, especially orphans. It also helps me to help the next person. Please first search first: use 'Natasha Mice Mouse' with whatever else your question includes. Or check out these links: **** YOUR FIRST MOUSE (my video; rough draft): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNK4uqNZTbA&feature=share **** TEN VIDEOS ON RAISING ORPHANS: http://www.youtube.com/user/CreekValleyCritters/videos?query=raising **** SEXING MICE: http://www.thefunmouse.com/info/sexing.cfm **** And some GREAT MOUSE INFO SITES: http://thefunmouse.com/info/index.cfm http://www.rmca.org/Resources/mousefaq.htm

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I have had mice for 40 years (since I was 5!). I raised them when I was a child but now I keep all females, and never fewer than three so that if one dies the others are not devastated, because they have each other.

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B.A., M.A., M.A. in Linguistics: Yale University and University of Connecticut

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