Muskrat Season Extended At Trumbull
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.
Trumbull Lake covers about 1,200 acres, offers excellent habitat for wetland wildlife.
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.
Trappers are allowed to place their traps in the muskrat house (in-house trapping only) to reduce the chance for catching a non-targeted animal.