What are voles?

Voles are small, mouse-like rodents native to North America, Europe, and Asia. They are also known as meadow mice, field mice, or microtones.

There are over 150 species of voles, and they come in a variety of sizes and colours, but most have short, stocky bodies, small eyes, and short tails. Voles are herbivorous and primarily eat grasses, roots, bulbs, and tubers, and they are important prey for many predators, including birds of prey, foxes, and snakes.

In some areas, voles can become pests by damaging crops or gardens. They are known for their extensive tunnelling and burrowing habits, which can damage plant roots and disrupt soil structure. However, in their natural habitats, voles play essential roles in ecosystem dynamics by helping to distribute plant seeds and providing food for predators.

Do we have voles in Winnipeg?

Yes, voles are found in Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba. Specifically, the meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus) is a common species in this region. Meadow voles are found in grassy fields, meadows, and woodland edges and are active year-round. They are a food source for many predators, including hawks, owls, foxes, and weasels. In some cases, meadow voles can cause damage to crops, gardens, lawns, and ornamental plants by feeding on roots and stems and creating tunnels and runways under the soil surface.



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