Calling all varmint hunters... target-rich environment!


May 5, 2003, 10:17 PM
From Reuters (;jsessionid=OJWGQZ5WIDUNQCRBAEOCFEY?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyID=2683386):

Rats! Oklahoma City Stuck with 30,000 Mice

Mon May 5, 2003 10:20 AM ET

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma City police succeeded in busting an illegal rodent farm but now authorities are faced with the problem of what to do with 30,000 white mice seized in the raid.

Police raided the rodent farm on Thursday night, responding to a tip from a citizen who complained about a foul stench emanating from a barn in the south of the city.

When police arrived, they found the mice living in cages soaked with urine and feces, said Oklahoma City animal welfare supervisor Steve Lira. He said the mice were being raised as live feed for snakes kept as pets.

Lira said officials are now trying to determine what to do with the mice, which are being stored in numerous plastic cages in a garage at the city's animal control facility.

"We have completely emptied our truck port where the vehicles come in and have it totally filled with mice. We don't know what to do with them. They are sitting and waiting," Lira said.

"This thing (farm) was illegal," Lira said, adding that a person can raise rodents if he or she has the proper equipment and the proper forms and zoning, but the mouse ranch did not meet any of those standards.

Police charged Steven Burgess, 44, of Oklahoma City, with three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty in connection with the unsanitary and unhealthy conditions in which the mice were kept.

Burgess reportedly told officials he wanted the city to take control of the mice because there were too many of them for him manage.

"He told us he wanted out of the mouse business," Lira said.

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May 6, 2003, 01:12 AM
Animal cruelty?
Raising mice to be snake food?


Art Eatman
May 6, 2003, 08:21 AM
Rent a stock watering trough for a day. Fill with water. Lower mouse cages into water; five minutes or so oughta do.

Bury mice.

:), Art

May 6, 2003, 01:32 PM
Whataya bet the mice's cages will STILL end up with urine and feces in them?

And what about the guy's snakes? Were they in good condition, and if so, what are they gonna eat now?:confused:

May 6, 2003, 01:37 PM
Mouse kabobs. Mouse jerky. Mouse cordon blu. The possibilities are endless.

May 6, 2003, 02:00 PM
You forgot mouse trap.


Dave P
May 6, 2003, 02:04 PM
... lets see, if ya hold the tail just right, you don't even need a skewer!

May 6, 2003, 04:17 PM
Sounds to me like he tried to raise his own mice to save on the snakefood budget and it really got away from him.

How many snakes did the guy have?

If the mice themselves are healthy, it seems like them could still be used as snake food somewhere.

May 7, 2003, 12:22 AM

This is easy you just get a whole bunch of cats.

Then you get a few dogs.

Then you get one really big kitty.

Then you shoot the kitty. :D :D

Carlos Cabeza
May 8, 2003, 05:01 PM
I think the guy was raising them to sell to the local herpitologists and reptile fanciers. They did find a home for the mice, at the OKC Zoo !:D

May 8, 2003, 09:54 PM
Easy Solution, Drop them on France.

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