Muskrat Trapping

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Why does the RM trap for Muskrats in the Water Retention Ponds?

The RM may undertake the trapping of Muskrats anytime once the ice has melted from the ponds and before they re-freeze. Typically trapping will be undertaken in the Fall.  Traps will be set out for a period of one to two weeks. Locations chosen for the traps can be random, or based upon where there is observed activity. The RM contracts a licensed Trapper to undertake these works. Trapping muskrats in retention ponds can offer several benefits, especially in cases where muskrats are causing problems or disrupting the ecosystem. Here are some potential advantages of trapping muskrats in retention ponds:


  • Ecosystem Balance: Muskrats can sometimes overpopulate in retention ponds, leading to overgrazing of aquatic vegetation and altering the balance of the ecosystem. Trapping them can help restore this balance.


  • Habitat Preservation: By controlling the muskrat population, you can help protect the aquatic habitat and the plant and animal species that depend on it. This is particularly important in conservation efforts.


  • Preventing Infrastructure Damage: Muskrats are known for burrowing into embankments and dam structures, potentially causing erosion and damage to infrastructure. Trapping can help prevent such damage and reduce maintenance costs and restorations costs to Residents and the RM.


  • Water Quality: When muskrats dig burrows, it can result in the release of sediment and pollutants into the water. Trapping can help improve water quality by reducing their burrowing activity.


  • Disease Control: Muskrats can carry diseases that may pose risks to humans and other animals. Trapping can help mitigate these disease transmission risks.


  • Aesthetic Improvements: Muskrat activity, such as burrow holes and trails, can affect the aesthetic quality of retention ponds and water features. Trapping can lead to visual improvements in these areas.


It's important to note that trapping muskrats is done in accordance with local laws and regulations and is done with ethical and humane methods. 

See the photos below for some examples of shoreline damage along retention ponds:


A beaver swimming in the water

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