Do I HAVE to get rid of my muskrats?
Dear Ashe Co, NC,
Thank you for writing the Extension with your Natural Resource questions. To answer your question shortly; no you do not need to get rid of them. Two or three in a pond won't hurt anything, BUT they do reproduce! Twenty or thirty is a different story. Also, make sure they are muskrats and not beaver. Beaver will dig out a dam. If you keep them, eventually, due to over population, you will have to begin trapping; sorry. I trust this answer helps. Blessings. - Andy