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The outgoing Miss Outdoors, Dakota Abbott, said at a Dorchester County, Md., competition that the key to a successful muskrat skinning is a very sharp knife. The 17-year-old girl, who won the Miss Outdoors title in 2008, earned $100 and a set of muskrat traps by winning the women's junior championship
An invasion of hungry South American herbivores is chewing up Seattle's shoreline.
By John McCoy Though its presence often gets lost amid the hullabaloo about hunting, West Virginia's trapping season remains an important part of wildlife officials' attempts to manage furbearer populations.
The Muskrat or Musquash, Ondatra zibethicus, is a large aquatic rodent native to North America (Alaska, Canada, United States, northern Mexico), and has been introduced in parts of Europe. In the Mid-Atlantic states it is nicknamed "˜Swamp Bunny'. Muskrats live in wetlands such as ponds, lakes, marshes, and river banks. Adult muskrats weigh up to 3.75 pounds. Adult body length is usually between 9.75 and 15.75 inches long, with a strong, laterally compressed tail 8 to 10 inches long. The...
The coypu or nutria (Myocastor coypus) is a large, crepuscular, semi aquatic rodent native to South America. It is also present in Europe, Asia, and North America. In most regions, the coypu is considered a pest. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, it is still valued for its fur. It is the only species in the genus Myocastor. It is an herbivore that has been introduced from South America to every continent except Australia and Antarctica. Africa is the only continent where the introduced...
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