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vole 1 (v l). n. Any of various rodents of the genus Microtus and related genera, resembling rats or mice but having a shorter tail and limbs and a heavier body.

Vole is described in multiple online sources, as addition to our editors' articles, see section below for printable documents, Vole books and related discussion.

Suggested Pdf Resources

Voles - Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management
B-177. VOLES. John M.
Voles - Utah State University Extension
Figure 1. Montane vole, Microtus montanus (left), and Prairie vole, M. ochrogaster (right).
Voles: Wildlife Notebook Series - Alaska Department of Fish and
Voles are mice that have fuzzy coats and short tails. They mainly live in and eat grass.
general biology
voles are 5 to 7 inches long and have stocky bodies, short legs, and short tails.
There are several species of voles in Ontario. The most common is the meadow vole, which is found throughout the province.

Suggested News Resources

The Unfortunate Vole
One of our friend's dogs had flushed a vole (a small rodent resembling a mouse) from its den, captured it, and was shaking it violently as he clutched it between his jaws.
Logistics comes to life in doncaster
Threatened wildlife returns as clean-up of rivers pays off
One species under serious threat was the water vole – the creature that features as Ratty in the classic children's book Wind in the Willows.
Vole leaps into nature-trekking schoolboy Lukka Reynolds's wellington boot
By Daily Mail Reporter A schoolboy was looking for voles on a nature trek in the countryside when one jumped into his welly. Lukka Reynolds, seven, met his little furry friend whilst learning how to track mammals in the wild on a trip in Wales.
Army of Voles Retreats From Northside Counties; Agriculture Spared From Rodents
It was like something out of a low-grade horror film: The Year the Voles Came out in Masses.

Suggested Web Resources

Vole - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Techniques to control the damage by voles
Management and control of meadow voles, pine voles, prairie voles, montane voles, by John M. Obrien.
Voles (Meadow Mice) Management Guidelines--UC IPM
UC home and landscape guidelines for control of Voles (Meadow Mice).
Vole Traps and Trapping Techniques - YouTube
Feb 21, 2009 Visit for more information on trapping voles or to buy kits shown in this video.
Vole Control - Identification of Voles and Getting Rid of Them
Garden pest identification is a first step in vole control (they're distinct from moles) . Then you can work on getting rid of these 'field mice' or 'meadow mice.

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