Kept seeing light tan earth in SW corner of pond bottom, sprayed out in a widening arc from one point near the pond edge. Telltale sign of muskrats. But, look hard as I might, I couldn’t spot the muskrat’s underwater access hole.
And therein lies the heart of this tale … the hole was just above water level. With light brown soil leading from it, for 2-3 inches to the water’s edge – where the underwater plum begins. This access hole leading to the cause of this light brown underwater plum on the pond bottom.
Either muskrat or mink.
So, I set a trap. A well rusted #110, that had been setting out there all winter, just in case. That trap made me cringe as I set it. And … I also crumbled part of their den wall in, with a big black rubber boot … while finding footing along bank in which to set said rusty old finger snapping trap. So, I’m hoping they don’t use the now crumbled wall as a new access hole, thus bypassing the trap I just set on their current hole.