Discouraging Muskrats From Eating Perennials - Knowledgebase Question

Rockford, IL
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Question by denlindaw
August 15, 2000
We have planted native perennials on our shoreline which are being eaten by a muskrat. It eats mainly the buds, blossoms, and stems, not the foliage. It is not too fussy on the types of plants it eats (coneflowers, black-eyed susans, bergomat are just a few examples). Is there any way to discourage muskrats without trapping them?

Answer from NGA
August 15, 2000
You might be able to fence it out of selected areas to protect the plants; a naturalist or animal control expert might be able to suggest the optimum fence design but I would expect a small heavy mesh partly buried undeground and splayed outward to deter digging (by muskrats or others) would work the best.

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