Muskrat numbers in the Northeast continue to fall and many furbearer biologists consider it the number one concern in the area right now.
The problem is that no one knows why it’s happening. As numbers continue to drop — trappers used to register about a half million muskrats per year in Pennsylvania and only 120,000 were registered in the state last year — biologists are working to find out what is causing the decline.
“There are lots of theories out there [about the
reason for the decline] and I can’t really point to one
as better than another,” Matthew Lovallo, a furbearer biologist with the Pennsylvania
Game Commission in a recent Patriot News article.