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Muskrats - Good or Evil?
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nhboomer    Posted 04-22-2001 at 18:27:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have read accounts which say that muskrats can do a great deal of damage to a pond and those which say that they do more good than harm. What to believe? Muskrats have taken up residence in our pond, and I am wondering what to do about them. Does anyone have any personal experiences which substantiate claims that they can do serious damage to a pond? Thanks for any suggestions.

Chub    Posted 04-05-2002 at 15:40:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
How would one go about eradicating these little
buggers? We have small children, and two adults
have decided that under our dock is a great home.

I want to send a relocate message! Any ideas
would be greatly appreciated.

Doc    Posted 04-24-2001 at 13:11:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
The way to determine, according to some of the previous posts, if they are good are evil is to find out if they go to church every Sunday. Wouldn't really hurt either to find out if they fish on Sunday also. That may be the real true test. :)

Robert in W. Mi.    Posted 04-23-2001 at 17:38:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]

On my farm Muskrats are an constant problem. We shoot and trap every one that comes by. If we don't, soon the pond banks are caveing in, or the dams are leaking!!

Muskrat mama    Posted 10-14-2002 at 12:01:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i think that muskrats are da coolest! they is so pretty and so nice. Me likes them a whole bunch! Especially when thanksgiving comes around and we make muskrat stew. mmmmmmmmm muskrat stew! My favorite part is the liver yummy. They are also the funnest to play with. THey are so cool and neat. I wish i was a muskrat then i would be the coolest mustrat in the world and all the other muskrats would be jelous of me. One day i will be one you just wait and see

Dave    Posted 04-23-2001 at 19:50:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Robert. Saw some of those pictures of you cutting up logs for lumber. I know a guy with one of those mills. I have some logs, too. How big should they be before they are worth while to use for lumber? How small before they are only good for the stove? Thanks,

Robert in W. Mi.    Posted 04-23-2001 at 21:29:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Dave,
I like logs 12" in diameter or bigger, but any thing can be sawn into something?? As for length, my mill will saw 4' long logs, (even shorter with some care) but like the diameter, bigger is better.
Not all band mills will saw logs that small though, and not too many mill owners care to bother with really small stuff either.
Hope this helps,

Danny in CO    Posted 04-23-2001 at 08:42:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have muskrats that keep tunneling into the dam of my pond. Some of the tunnels cause the dam to start leaking! This is a pain! I'm thinking of putting a layer of chain link fencing across the face of the dam and then covering it with dirt. That way when they start tunneling, they will run into the fence and not be able to go any further. I'm not sure if it'll work or not.

IHank    Posted 04-22-2001 at 21:15:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
NHBoomer- Look a ways down this page, for some posts about beavers. Sounds like your muskrats are the other side of a "balance of nature". Get you some beavers in there and they'll keep each other busy, muskrats digging holes and beavers plugging them up.

While all that is going on you might find that you have a profitable "fur farm". IHank

AD    Posted 04-22-2001 at 19:17:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
All what you call serious damage.
They are notorious for tunneling and your pond levee is the ideal place so it depends on how far into the levee they tunnel as to what damage they will do. I have saw ponds drained overnight due to the tunnel breaking out on the outside of the levee. They are a nuisance in the rice fields due to causing leaks in the dikes. Other than causing bank erosion and the possibility of draining the pond they are ok. Just my 0.02. AD

Wolf    Posted 04-22-2001 at 19:02:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
They destroyed the banks of my Mom's pond. A local guy was trapping them, but he always left a couple....for "seed"

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