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Clams on the ice at WC Reservoir

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I stopped out to WC today and saw a few spots with small air holes and cracked clam shells on the ice. What are eating these? Muskrats?

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Yeah, I saw that last night as well. Nutty! I got it believe it's Muskrats, but I have no clue. I'm not even sure why there are clams in Willow? I thought they preferred a river system.

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Yeah, it's kind of a double mystery. I trapped a lot of rats when I was a kid. I have a hard time believing that those little rats could get clams those size off the lake floor and up and through the hole.Those clams are also pretty hard to crack.Anyone ever see otters around the Rochester area? Maybe it's like the Red lake seals! grin.gif

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I've seen otters at Doer(sp?)pools at Whitewater and have heard of them being caught by trappers around Roch. I think muskrats only eat veggies.

Do mink swim?? They would eat a clam.

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I saw something out on the ice eating today. I couldn't get close enough to tell what it was. I will have to bring the binocs. next time.

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if i were a bettin' man, i go with otters. i'm quite sure muskrats fill there lodges with plants for winter forage. most rodents are herbivores. otters are a member of the weasel family, and are carnivorous.

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