Jumping Mouse is a Real Troublemaker

Preble's meadow jumping mouse: Preble's meadow jumping mouse.  Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Preble's meadow jumping mouse: Preble's meadow jumping mouse. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

This little fellow, the Preble's meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei) is causing quite a stir. Almost a year ago, Interior Secretary Gale Norton suggested removing the bouncing rodent from the endangered species list. She based her suggestion on a study done by a biologist hired by Norton's department that showed there was no genetic difference between the Preble's meadow jumping mouse and the much more common Bear Lodge meadow jumping mouse. However, in a recent United States Geological Survey report geneticists found that the mouse was, in fact, a distinct subspecies.

The Fish and Wildlife Service said the new study results raise significant questions about the previous study, and that it will convene a panel and study the mouse for at least six months before deciding on its status.

If the mouse were removed from the endangered species list a large section of Colorado and Wyoming, which is identified as critical habitat to be conserved for the recovery of the mouse, would be available for new development.

The Preble's meadow jumping mouse is capable of jumping 18 inches into the air and can change direction in mid jump. It can leap distances up to three feet, and also can swim. The mice are hibernating now, but when they wake up I'm sure this will be a huge relief.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Bubblegum's picture
Bubblegum says:

That mouse is totally awesome!! It rocks!! {^: Sincerely, Bubblegum. Bubblegum out!

posted on Fri, 01/27/2006 - 12:05pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

According to this article, the Preble's jumping mouse is not a separate sub-species, but is simply the common meadow mouse, which is found in over half of North America. Even the scientist who first described the Preble as a distinct breed now agrees that it isn't.

posted on Thu, 03/23/2006 - 8:50am
britt's picture
britt says:

i used to have a hampster thtat looked just like that. his name was jumper. he was a roveroski dwarf hampster.

posted on Sat, 01/28/2006 - 2:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I never knew mice could jump.

posted on Sat, 01/28/2006 - 2:20pm
bianca's picture
bianca says:

the jumping mouse is a animal and almost all animals dont all know what to do in this world cause of some things that scared all of them.

posted on Sun, 07/30/2006 - 4:37pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Hmm, I can't say I totally follow your line of reasoning here.

posted on Mon, 07/31/2006 - 9:35am
Mathew's picture
Mathew says:

I found a baby jumping mouse and would like some information on how to care for it and what to feed it. I live in Ontario Canada and it is starting to get cooler here. I find 'Mighty Mouse' is not very active. could it be going into hibernation or does it just need to be warmer? Any information you can send me will be very helpful. Thanks for your time, Mathew

posted on Mon, 08/28/2006 - 9:42am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

You know, I'd try looking for an animal rehabilitation center in your area. Here in the Twin Cities, there's an animal rehabilitation center in Roseville, and they might be able to tell you how to care for the little guy. There has to be a similar group in Ontario...

posted on Mon, 08/28/2006 - 9:53am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Nice rodent!

posted on Thu, 01/04/2007 - 10:45pm
t rasa's picture
t rasa says:

"The Preble's meadow jumping mouse is capable of jumping 18 inches into the air and can change direction in mid jump."

Too bad Sir Isaac Newton didn't live to see his silly ideas on motion overthrown by a tiny rodent. We need to save this little mammal at any cost.

posted on Wed, 11/28/2007 - 6:14pm
Joe's picture
Joe says:

Wow, it would be cool if it could change the direction it was moving in mid air, but it is not a bird, so it cannot do that. I think it can change the direction it is facing. I was perhaps not as detailed as I could have been there...

posted on Wed, 11/28/2007 - 10:52pm
nikki's picture
nikki says:

my husband called me at work and told me a mouse ran a cross the counter and jumped head first at him he yell and jumped back i thought it was funny

posted on Fri, 12/14/2007 - 2:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Do you know of any additional information on this situation? I am getting Old info and would appreciated the most resent information on this. As a Realtor I see this a nothing more than a cause of trouble. This mouse like most mice are prolific and should be fine. What this causes is problems with people that have land and have owned their land for quite some time. They find out they can't sell or they can't develop their land how they had intended and have become victims of an unfair government system that now treats them (almost) criminally when they want to sell their investment or build their dream home. Costs in most cases can go through the roof.

posted on Fri, 04/02/2010 - 5:59pm

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