Damage done to cattails last night. Really need to get that rascal, and any of his friends who may have joined him. Can’t find the nest though – too much vegetation. Need to stay up all night, watching, to find the little bugger’s home. Perhaps a 22 with a night scope would be of some use?
The cattails lying on the pond surface in the above pic, are from a Muskrat having eating away some of the cattail’s root tuber.
These cattail fronds lying on the pond, were the first definite Muskrat tells this year.
Plus, today, Corey saw a small mammal swimming across the pond. Had to have been a muskrat.
So tomorrow, in order to save the pond’s vegetation, I’ll dig 3 4″ holes in likely muskrat spots in the pond banks. Digging each hole about 12″ into the pond bank. And about 3″ under the water’s surface. And then I’ll set a #110 trap in the entrance to each hole.
The artificial holes are because it’s almost impossible to find their actual tunnels, due to the dense vegetation lining most of the pond banks. And supposedly, a muskrat can’t resist a good hole. We’ll see.