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I recieved a post card today from PGC asking me to participate in a muskrat survey. I previously filled a a fur harvesting survey on line last spring. Those who reported catching rats got the additional survey. It inquired about counties, numbers, bank den sites, houses etc.

They asked if I would save carcasses this season for biologists. I replied I would, although bloody rat carcasses do make great bait for about everything. I got a bunch of beaver meat froze so I don’t think I’ll need any rat meat.

Boy I wish we had the rats like we did when I was a kid. Maybe they can figure something out with the study.
 

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They found contriceptive drugs in the fish from the rivers around Pttsburgh. There's your starting point.
 

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Owls have been hard on them. Mink get them too, but at least mink can be controlled. Maybe they should be tracking the predators, to see what they are eating. A few years back I believe the study said that even though waters are now cleaner, muskrats are way down in numbers. I believe that that study blamed a large part of predation on owls. I guess when they are not killing turkeys and rabbits, they kill what few muskrats are left.
 
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