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#489540 - 05/04/18 03:11 PM Muskrats float?
jstiz Offline

Registered: 05/17/13
Posts: 119
Loc: IN Batesville
So I've been hunting a nuisance Muskrat for 2 weeks and finally one night he came up out of the water and was snacking on some crayfish. Shot him/her on the bank and flopped twice and then swam off in the water. I haven't seen him/her since. I figured a dead one would float? Thoughts?

Water has cleared up also.

#489543 - 05/04/18 03:49 PM Re: Muskrats float? [Re: jstiz]
Lovnlivin Offline

Registered: 05/18/12
Posts: 1502
Loc: Eagle, NE
I would guess once it gases up it would float. Or, maybe a Mink took care of it, or a Snapper, or,,,,,

Any other predators that could have snacked on it before it had a chance to float?

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#489545 - 05/04/18 04:00 PM Re: Muskrats float? [Re: jstiz]
dlowrance Offline

Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 856
Loc: Central IL
Most mammals of any size will not float immediately after death in water. Usually anywhere between 7-14 days (depending on water temp, etc) if the carcass hasn't been eaten it'll float up, but not initially.

Most birds will float initially just due to their innate buoyancy from the feathers. Mammals, not so much.

Edited by dlowrance (05/04/18 04:01 PM)
Edit Reason: missed a word

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#489546 - 05/04/18 04:07 PM Re: Muskrats float? [Re: jstiz]
jstiz Offline

Registered: 05/17/13
Posts: 119
Loc: IN Batesville
Thanks for the info guys!

#489548 - 05/04/18 04:16 PM Re: Muskrats float? [Re: jstiz]
Redonthehead Offline

Registered: 04/03/07
Posts: 185
Loc: Missouri
It might float immediately, or might sink if hit in the lungs. My bet, however, is it made it back into its den and may eventually die there.


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