The Association is experiencing muskrat damage near many of the common dock areas. There is a serious risk that these areas will become unsafe and unusable, thereby limiting the docks available to non-waterfront owners. Muskrat tunnels are several feet in length and go in two directions allowing muskrats to store food in one tunnel and have babies in the other. The tunnels cause sinkholes and very unstable ground, and this is currently being experienced in several of our common areas.
The Association has obtained a DNR Damage and Nuisance Animal Control Permit to allow for trapping of the muskrats outside of the normal trapping season. Members are cautioned to USE EXTREME CARE WHEN NAVIGATING AROUND THE COMMON DOCK AREAS. In addition to unstable ground, live traps and underwater traps will be in place. TRAPS WILL BE IDENTIFIED WITH HIGH VISIBILITY REFLECTIVE TAPE AND MEMBERS AND THEIR CHILDREN ARE ASKED TO STAY AWAY FROM THE TRAPS. Traps are not likely to cause harm to humans, but are capable of causing bruising.
It is extremely important that common dock assignees keep their dock area clear of debris so these areas are not inviting to muskrats. All leaves and cattails should be removed from the water and shoreline around the docks to avoid the creation of muck or food sources for muskrats. Muskrats also feed on the roots of cattails and weeds.
Dock inspections have been performed and common dock assignees will be receiving notice of items that must be corrected in order to retain their respective dock assignment. There is currently a waiting list for common docks and assignees who do not abide by their contract terms will need to vacate their dock assignments. This is a serious issue that must be addressed before we lose our common dock areas to disrepair.
Individual Members who have personal muskrat problems can find trapper information on our website, or reply to this email. Individual Member concerns will be addressed after the common dock areas, or during the trapping season which begins November 10.
Thank you for your cooperation and caution while we attempt to work together and resolve the damage created in our common areas.
Lake Shores Association