Fred Perry with rifle and axe next to string of dead mice. Photo BCMC Archives 59-36.

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With Gun, Knife or Axe

By 1909, the Red Shack on Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain was the base camp for mountaineers. Relatively warm and dry, as well as a source of snacks, local mice found it a comfortable abode too. In response, Fred Perry honed his considerable skills as a mouser. Here he poses with some of his unlucky victims – though it is unclear whether he dispatched them with gun, knife or axe.

Related topic: Early Days

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