On March 30, the Wildlife Center admitted an adult Deer Mouse that was stuck to a glue trap. On presentation, veterinary staff reported that the mouse was bright and alert, though covered in glue residue that would need to be removed before proceeding with an examination. The staff used gentle soap and water to carefully remove the sticky residue, revealing a wound on the mouse’s front left foot. Vet staff cleaned the wound, provided supportive fluids, and prepared an aquarium enclosure for the mouse to recover in.
Given what the staff know about glue traps and the severity of injuries they can inflict, the mouse’s prognosis was guarded to poor. When animals have been stuck on glue traps, they can lose fur or even skin while trying to pull free, and may even suffer fractures in the process. There is also typically no way of knowing how long an animal has been stuck to a glue trap prior to admission; days may have passed without the animal having access to food or water.
With supportive care, the deer mouse continued to improve in the days following its admission, and on April 3, it was able to be returned to the wild.
While this patient had a happy ending, this is usually not the case for most glue trap victims. It is important to remember that glue traps are indiscriminate and often catch animals that are not the intended target animal. These traps are inhumane, since a trapped animal may spend hours or even days struggling on the trap, eventually succumbing to their injuries, exhaustion, starvation, or dehydration. Learn more about the dangers of glue traps and ways you can help prevent this sticky situation.