Latest Muskrat Stories

2009-03-02 10:54:00

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 trophy in a muskrat-skinning contest last weekend, the Los Angeles Times said Monday. You want a real sharp knife and a good grip, Abbott said at Saturday's event. The tradition of Miss Outdoors...

2008-06-25 18:02:37

An invasion of hungry South American herbivores is chewing up Seattle's shoreline. Fast-reproducing nutrias, which sometimes look like muskrats or beavers but act like moles, are digging through area lakeshores and marsh areas with distressing results for other wildlife and humans, The Seattle Times reported Wednesday. Now residents in the Portage Bay and Laurelhurst neighborhoods, local marina users and the University of Washington are talking about ways to rid the area of the so-called...

2006-10-31 00:00:14

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. "Trapping is absolutely important to this state," said Paul Johansen, assistant wildlife chief for the Division of Natural Resources. "Not only are trappers an important constituent group for our agency, they perform a crucial function in keeping certain species of animals from...

Latest Muskrat Reference Libraries

2007-06-25 07:44:10

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...

2006-12-26 10:35:53

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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