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Muskrats-Raising-I have a pond 200 feet long by 16 feet wide and from one-half to four feed deep fed by a small rill and springs, mud bottom, clay land surrounding it, very steep banks, and a dam of very hard, compact clay, and I want to place muskrats in it, feeding them and keeping them in a semi-wild state. The dam is about four feet thing in the weakest place, and the shores have very little grass. It is in an isolated place and the water runs from it only a short distance. It is two miles across the upland into the North Canadian Divide, to a creek inhabited by muskrats. To my knowledge there are no muskrats the other way for a distance of ten miles, the country not being suitable as the creeks go dry in summer. Will the muskrats satay in this pond and will they burrow through the dam and drain it?

I think it would all depend on how close the nearest of those streams are, for if one of them is close the rats are very likely to find it sooner or later and follow down until they reach permanent water. But if the nearest stream is a half mile or more away I think you are safe. The rats might even stay there if there is other water nearby. I once knew of a pair of muskrats locating on a small pond, covering about a quarter of a mile from the nearest stream. But the muskrats will surely bore holes through that dam. I never knew them to fail in doing that if they could find an earthen dam.

Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.

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