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vole

free-living, small rodent often described as a country rat because of its resemblance to a rat and its disinclination to associate with humans. They are hoarders, live in burrows and eat plant material. Like lemmings, also members of the subfamily Microtinae, they experience massive surges in population, followed by mass migrations and very heavy mortalities. There are several genera including Arvicola, Clethrionomys and Microtus.

vole bacillus
see mycobacteriummicroti.
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This project is the second phase of work to reintroduce the water vole to Kielder.
Surveyors usually look for characteristic field signs such as droppings, feeding stations and burrows in order to detect water vole presence along water courses.
Analysis by the charity, of sightings dating back to 1970, has highlighted an inexorable decline in water voles, especially over the last 15 years.
Water vole droppings are the shape of Tic-tac sweets and are dark green in colour (unlike rat droppings which are black).
Emily Thomas, who is co-ordinating the programme, said: "In the last couple of decades conservation groups have been working hard to try and save the muchloved water vole, however it's difficult to track the overall effectiveness of this work without seeing how the national picture has changed since the 1990s.
Check your traps regularly and rebait as needed, as both types of voles remain active all winter.
The idea that bank vole PrP might be a universal acceptor could be significant for both scientific and practical reasons," says Surachai Supattapone, a biochemist at Dartmouth College's medical school.
Not surprisingly, polygyny was positively correlated with vole abundance and was never recorded during lows in the vole cycle.
Darren Tansley, water vole expert from the Wildlife Trusts explains: "Water voles are susceptible to very dry and very wet weather.
The country has lost nine out of ten water voles in recent decades due to habitat loss and predation by the introduced American mink.
It's possible I might run J'y Vole in a chase over Christmas, but nothing's been decided yet.
The skulls of 376 bank vole individuals trapped in seven sites of Lithuania from July to October 1999-2005 were used for our calculations.