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    Default feeding the ice so they leave you alone.

    I was watching Scoutmaster OnTheAT2018 on youtube. He said that according to Loner Boner, a long time AT hiker....I don't remember if it was first hand or second hand.... anyway, the idea is to leave a little food out for the mice. The mice will fill up on that and with their bellies full they'll leave you alone.
    It strikes me that this is somehow a really bad idea from an ethics standpoint..... but brilliant at the same time. Like a sacrifice to the trail god, Rodent.
    So Scoutmaster tried it, and it seems to have worked.







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    That is a truly terrible idea. Please don't do that unless the food is on a mouse trap.

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    Not the slightest bit brilliant. It's short sighted and selfish. Feed the mice, they'll get healthy and spawn many more mice, screwing the campers who follow. When I was a scout, we were taught to leave the camping area in better shape than how we found it.

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    Classic 21st century hikerbro thinking.

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    mice are a self made problem, no food no mice

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    Food at shelters is why mice are at shelters. The more you feed them the more there will be. Simple as that.

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    What moron. Are people really that dumb to feed rats and then question why there is a rat problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeGoldRush View Post
    Food at shelters is why mice are at shelters. The more you feed them the more there will be. Simple as that.
    and the ATC keeps building more shelters. there will always be a mouse problem

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    As a biology teacher, I can tell you that this is a really bad idea. As others have pointed out, the more food the mice have the more mice there will be in the future. The only way to control the mouse problem at shelters is to make sure the mice don't get fed by humans. Other than that, encouraging snakes to also frequent shelters is probably the best other option. So if you see a snake at or near a shelter, leave it alone.
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    What a great idea... I cannot wait till the shelters all look like this...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWVw-j8eYSk

    NOT!
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    Socks... you beat me to it
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    Quote Originally Posted by imscotty View Post
    What a great idea... I cannot wait till the shelters all look like this...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWVw-j8eYSk

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    Wow! I watched that video and I hope every other idiot in the world who thinks we should feed mice views it as well. If I was the owner of that farm, I'd torch it without a second thought.
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    That's why I hike with my emotional support snake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrogLevel View Post
    That's why I hike with my emotional support snake.
    LMAO!!

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    I thought everybody knows you leave toilet paper out not food then they spend the whole night making a nest with that toilet paper and they will leave you alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SWODaddy View Post
    That is a truly terrible idea. Please don't do that unless the food is on a mouse trap.
    This ......
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    If I run into someone bragging about feeding the mice, I just might punch them in the face. A fed mouse is 6 mice. And they carry disease. So the shelters where this guy is feeding the mice will have 6 times as many mice in four weeks. Scoutmaster is a tool.

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    I throw a handful of sunflower seeds under every shelter I pass so my tent sight stays meece free.

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