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Mole catcher Dave Archer finds an albino mole near Barnstaple

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: May 02, 2013

TRAPPED: Mole Catcher Dave Archer (proprietor of DKA Pest Control) with a 'melanistic mole'. Below, the mole with a regular black mole.   Picture: Mike Southon. To order call 0844 4060 269 and quote Ref:  BNMS20130429B-009_C (above); BNMS20130429B-001_C (below)

TRAPPED: Mole Catcher Dave Archer (proprietor of DKA Pest Control) with a 'melanistic mole'. Below, the mole with a regular black mole. Picture: Mike Southon. To order call 0844 4060 269 and quote Ref: BNMS20130429B-009_C (above); BNMS20130429B-001_C (below)

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THIS is the face of a North Devon albino mole — the first a mole catcher has come across in 30 years.

Dave Archer, 52, from Winkleigh, has been catching moles for over 30 years and runs DKA Pest Control.

He can catch up to 50 in a day so he sees thousands of moles across North Devon every year.

But last week he caught the first albino mole he has ever seen.

He made the catch near Barnstaple.

He said: "I felt it and thought it felt like a big one. Until I pulled it out I didn't realise how unusual it was going to be.

"I have never seen one like it and I have been doing this for 33 years and have caught thousands of moles.

"It is male and was probably about a year old."

Dave said he is particularly busy at the moment with farmers, businesses and home owners all wanting to get rid of their mole infestation.

He added: "There aren't many of us mole catchers left and people are continuously having problems.

"Moles cause havoc with farmers when they are making silage. They can pass on diseases.

"They also can make mole hills all over lawns and tennis courts."

Dave only ever uses humane traps.

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  • moles  |  May 02 2013, 12:19PM

    As a member of the Association of Professional Mole Catchers, http://tinyurl.com/bnfwbel I know very well that catching a white mole is a rare event,and my fellow mole catchers within the association are always very keen to hear of such events and even keener to announce having caught a white mole themselves. Well done, Mr Archer !

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