Anybody read that book as a child? About the really smart rats that escaped from a lab? Well, I have one living by the coop. I have been trying to get him for weeks. He won't touch the regular type rat traps - the ones that are like the standard mouse trap only bigger. We also tried what my FIL calls a conabear (?). It fits down over the top of the rat hole and is supposed to get him as he comes out. Somehow he has been able to push the trap out of his hole without getting caught. So, now that we have a foot of snow, my question is . . . am I stuck with him until spring? I haven't seen any foot prints in the snow around the hole, but I really don't think rats hibernate - do they? Is he crawling around under the snow where I can't see him? Is there any way to kill the sucker before he - or maybe she - has a million babies this spring?