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McDonough wrote:

I was trying to find an excellent university study that shows not only what has been found in the digestive tract of various shrews and moles, but the relative percentage of food types found, and it was surprising that herbivorous foods constituted a higher percentage than what is commonly thought.  I still haven't located that study, but if I do, I will post it here.

The topic is not black and white, as there are so many shrew species and subspecies, with various habits, habitats and characteristics.  It is a dark and unsavory world when reading up on their insectivorus & carnivorous predation, yikes!  Anyways, here's a snippet of pertinent info I gathered up, most from the first link mentioned below, but also culled from other sites.

PYGMY SHREW (Sorex hoyi) Named for Dr. Philip Hoy. Trond, any relationship?
The burrows are the size of a large earthworm hole.

Mark, not to my knowledge! Although there are more Norwegians (descendants) in America than in Norway.

I have asked some experts here and they definitely support you regarding the menu of shrews! Well, anyway I have never heard of anybody accusing shrews for damages in the garden. So I don't think they are problematic here.
The field vole, Microtus agrestis is far to fear!

Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Peter wrote:

As much as I love animals I love my gardens more, and I have no compunction about keeping my 2 critical acres free of rodents via feline murder.

I agree with Peter! I never have any rodent problems, rabbits don't even venture near my gardens.

From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and the Eastern
Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7
John P Weiser


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