Do I HAVE to get rid of my muskrats?

Asked January 12, 2017, 12:42 PM EST

There are 2 or 3 muskrats in my 100ft x 100ft pond in West Jefferson, NC. I have heard they can drain a pond by tunneling. How real is this issue? I would very much rather just let them be. Thank you.

Ashe County North Carolina

1 Response

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