Muskrats All Around The Ponds

Ponds are what we call those small bodies of water that are enclosed by land. These are formed naturally or may also be man-made by hollowing or embanking. Very small lakes are called “ponds.” Ponds have many uses and many benefits, one of which is that it is usually a good fishing site so it is expected that there will be a healthy bunch of catch when fishing in a pond. With this in mind, it is then important that care is provided for the ponds so it is expected that pond management is expected to be carefully done and followed.

However, it cannot be denied that there are a lot of pond management woes or problems that are being encountered. One such problem that is constantly happening is being overrun by little creatures such as beavers and muskrats.

In White Bear Lake, it was reported last April 5, 2017, that muskrat’s activity has been highly visible at the Rotary Nature Preserve near Birch Lake. These muskrats have been in the area for a long time since this is a natural habitat for them. However, this spring brought more muskrats than usual which made them a nuisance to some of the residents. It would seem that the population of these muskrats has increased quite a number this year.

The increase in population in muskrats seem to be attributed to the conservation and preservation efforts that made it possible for different species to come and enjoy the parks together with the muskrats. Aside from these efforts, lake water levels also have an impact on this. The water came up and provided habitat for muskrats and since muskrats tend to burrow, the tunnels that muskrats make can destabilize the soil and there are already homeowners that are complaining about the holes that these species make. The law stating that traps are not allowed may also be one of the reasons for the rise in the population of muskrats.

The residents are also concerned as muskrats are a possible carrier of some diseases and they have sharp teeth thus it could be quite dangerous for kids to approach them. If the number keeps increasing, the risk also increases.

However, the authorities are also optimistic that the overpopulation will be resolved naturally with the natural fluctuations of water levels.

This kind of news is usually one of the pond management woes that pond owners encounter although we can avoid incidents like this by doing proper pond management.