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#4230 06/04/07 09:34 PM
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I have some large holes in my dam that look like they were made by a muskrat. My question is should I just fill the holes in with dirt or should I do something more?

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James, I didn't know we had muskrats in our area.


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Whatever made the holes, I think 2 things are imperative:

1) Ensure the excavators have been removed (non-returnably).

2) Fill the entirety of the hole, if possible.

I had a burrow on my dam that I believe was made by a turtle (speculation). I dug the entire length of it out with a shovel and repacked it with a spud bar. I was happy to see that whatever had dug it did not penetrate the packed clay core, it only dug in the softer topsoil located on top.


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Could be beavers trying to get a foothold. My neighbor found the same and a few days later they had dug further and were trying to use the dam as a lodge. he concreted the holes and they simply dug around them. He ended up using fox urine aroung the area - no more beavers.


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