Influx of Muskrats Creating Problems in White Bear Lake

April 10, 2017 06:20 PM

A ruthless rodent has become a nuisance in White Bear Lake.

Many residents say they've noticed an increase of muskrats in the area near Birch Lake, and that it's becoming a major problem.


"I'm not in love with them at all," homeowner Phyllis Stratis said. "They need to go. I can't see any good in them."

The rodent is being blamed for digging up lawns around the city and even burrowing under some roads, creating a safety concern.

The state Department of Natural Resources said mild winters and rising lake levels have led to the influx of muskrats, which can carry disease and present a danger for people and pets.

This may only be a temporary problem. The DNR said the muskrat population fluctuates from year to year. 


Joe Mazan

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