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Muskrat Season Extended At Trumbull Lake

February 1, 2018
Emmetsburg News

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is extending the muskrat trapping season on Trumbull Lake from Feb. 1 to April 1, 2018 to reduce the muskrat population and preserve the beneficial vegetation in the marsh. This extension is only for muskrats and only for Trumbull Lake.

Iowa's trapping season for all furbearers except beaver closes statewide on Jan. 31.

Trumbull Lake covers about 1,200 acres, offers excellent habitat for wetland wildlife.

Muskrats are the aquatic version of cottontail rabbitstheir population runs in cycles; they have 2-4 litters per year and in the food chain, serve as prey to mink, otters, hawks, owls and coyotes.

Muskrats primarily use emergent vegetation (plants that grow up out of the water) to build their huts. The current population on Trumbull Lake is high and they require a lot of vegetation for hut building.

Trappers participating in this special extension will be allowed to place their traps directly into the muskrat dens, which is a change from the regular trapping season.

Parking lots surrounding Trumbull Lake will have signs alerting visitors to the special trapping season extension.

 
 
 

 

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