Operation Wildlife worried about rising mouse prices
LINWOOD, Kan. (AP) An animal rescue group in northeast Kansas is worrying about the high cost of frozen, euthanized mice.
Operation Wildlife said the mice cost nearly twice as much as the 45 cents charged at this time last year. That's a problem because the mice are a main food source for animals at the clinic, which is based in Linwood and has a satellite center in Shawnee.
Executive director Diane Johnson says the center is OK financially now, but she's concerned about two or three months down the road.
Johnson told The Associated Press that a national mouse and rat shortage is causing the higher prices.
She said the continuing drought also hurt by causing more animals to be emaciated and prompting higher prices for grains and other food sources.