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Singing Vole

Microtus miurus

The singing vole was first noted in Canada in 1943, during the construction of the Alaskan highway. It was named for its habit of emitting shrill chirping noises from the mouth of its den. This vole is often preyed upon by grey jays, herring gulls, grizzlies, wolves, foxes and weasels. It stockpiles food for the winter, cutting green vegetation and stacking it to cure around the bases of willows and birches.

Map of Singing Vole in Canada
Distribution of Singing Vole in Canada

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