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MUSKRAT

Damage and Damage Identification

Damage caused by muskrats is primarily due to their burrowing activity. Burrowing may not be readily evident until serious damage has occurred. One way to observe early burrowing in farm ponds or reservoirs is to walk along the edge of the dam or shorelines when the water is clear and look for “runs” or trails from just below the normal water surface to as deep as 3 feet (91 cm). If no burrow entrances are observed, look for droppings along the bank or on logs or structures a muskrat can easily climb upon. If the pond can be drawn down from 1 1/2 to 3 feet (46 to 91 cm) each winter, muskrat burrows will be exposed, just as they would during extended drought periods. Any burrows found in the dam should be filled, tamped in, and covered with rock to avoid possible washout or, if livestock are using the pond, to prevent injury to a foot or leg.

Where damage is occurring to a crop, plant cutting is generally evident. In aquaculture reservoirs generally maintained without lush aquatic vegetation, muskrat runs and burrows or remains of mussels, crayfish, or fish along with other muskrat signs (tracks or droppings) are generally easy to observe.


Trapping

There have probably been more traps sold for catching muskrats than for catching any other furbearing species. A number of innovative traps have been constructed for both live trapping and killing muskrats, such as barrel, box, and stovepipe traps.

Muskrats are probably the easiest aquatic furbearer to trap. In most cases where the run or burrow entrance is in 2 feet (61 cm) of water or more, even a leghold trap requires only a forked stake to make a drowning set. A trap set in the run, the house or den entrance, or even under a feeding house, will usually catch a muskrat in 1 or 2 nights. 

The most effective sets are those placed in “runs” or trails where the muskrat’s hind feet scour out a path into the bottom from repeated trips into and out of the den. These runs or trails can be seen in clear water, or can be felt underwater with hands or feet. Which runs are being used and which are alternate entrances can usually be discerned by the compaction of the bottom of the run. Place the trap as close to the den entrance as possible without restricting trap movement 

Trapping muskrats during the winter furbearer season can be an enjoyable past-time and even profitable where prices for pelts range from $2.00 to $8.00 each. Price differences depend on whether pelts are sold “in the round” or skinned and stretched. Many people supplement their income by trapping, and muskrats are one of the prime targets for most beginners learning to trap. Therefore, unless muskrats are causing serious damage, they should be managed like other wildlife species to provide a sustained annual yield. Unfortunately, when fur prices for muskrats are down to less than $2.00 each, interest in trapping for fur seems to decline. However, in damage situations, it may be feasible to supplement fur prices to keep populations in check.


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Extension Handle Net (6' - 18') for Control & Capture of Smaller Animals
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Extention Net Perfect for smaller animals from bats and chipmunks, to cats and small dogs
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Mighty Net for Control & Capture of Animals up to 50 lbs
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Mighty Net It works well on cats, large birds, waterfowl, wildlife, and small to medium sized dogs up to 50 lbs..
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Mini Net for Control & Capture of Animals up to 25 lbs
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Mini Net It works well on rats, birds, cats, small wildlife, and small sized dogs up to 25 lbs..
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Professional Squirrel / Muskrat Galvanized Metal Live Transfer Animal Trap with 1/2" x 1" Wire Grid
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603SS Sliding Rear Door - Rigid Live Transfer Trap, is a must for trapping pesky squirrels and muskrats. ½" x 1" wire mesh openings. (19" x 6" x 6")
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Professional Squirrel /Muskrat/Opossum Galvanized Metal Live Animal Trap with 1/2" x 1" Wire Grid
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103SS Single Door Rigid Live Trap, is a must for trapping pesky squirrels and muskrats. ½" x 1" wire mesh openings. (19" x 6" x 6")
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Quick Draw Collapsible Nets for Birds, Rats, Cats & other Small Animals
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Squirrel / Muskrat / Mink / Opossum Galvanized Metal Live Animal Trap with 1 x 1 Wire Grid
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103 Single Door Rigid Live Trap, is a must for trapping pesky squirrels and muskrats. 1" x 1" wire mesh openings. (19" x 6" x 6")
$29.50 Price Details
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Squirrel / Muskrat / Mink Galvanized Metal Live Animal Trap with 1 x 1 Wire Grid & Two Trap Doors
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104 Trap doors at both ends allow wary animals to see through the trap without obstruction and enter with confidence. When an animal steps on the trip pan, both spring loaded doors instantly snap shut and lock into place, making escape virtually impossible.
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Squirrel / Muskrat / Opossum / Mink Galvanized Metal Collapsible Live Animal Trap w/ 1 x 1 Wire Grid
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Squirrel / Muskrat /Mink Galvanized Metal Collapsible Double Door Live Animal Trap w/ 1x1 Wire Grid
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203 Double Door Collapsible Live Trap, is a must for trapping pesky squirrels and muskrats. 1" x 1" wire mesh openings. (24" x 6" x 6")
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Squirrel / Muskrat Galvanized Metal Live Transfer Animal Trap with 1 x 1 Wire Grid
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603 Sliding Rear Door - Rigid Live Transfer Trap, is a must for trapping pesky squirrels and muskrats. 1" x 1" wire mesh openings. (19" x 6" x 6")
$34.72 Price Details
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