Do I HAVE to get rid of my muskrats?
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
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