The muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) is a fairly large rodent that has a lot in common with beavers. Both are semi-aquatic rodents that live in lodges or bank dens (with underwater entrances) and have webbed feet and scaly tails. Both also occur statewide in Colorado and have significant fur value. However, they’re really just neighbors, not cousins. Muskrats are really more closely related to voles than beavers. They commonly live in beaver ponds, slow-moving streams, stock ponds and irrigation ditches/canals. They cause problems mainly by digging extensive dens in earthen dams and canal levees, thereby weakening the structure. Muskrats causing damage can sometimes be trapped with lethal devices under special permit. However, most of the time they are live-trapped and dispatched, or simply shot with a .22 caliber firearms or air guns. We can provide these services if needed.
We’ll have more information about muskrat biology, problems they pose, and solutions we offer coming soon. In the meantime, if you have a muskrat problem, call us at 719-636-1014 for an assessment and prices.