DNR extends Lizard Lake muskrat trapping season

By: Donovan W. Mann – donovanm@977thebolt.com

Gilmore City, IA – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources are extending the muskrat trapping season along Lizard Lake.

Announced via a release the lake in Pocahontas County will now see an extend season for the trapping for these aquatic fur-bearers from Feb. 1 to April 1. This is due to there being a temporary abundance of this resource.

Muskrats are the aquatic version of a cottontail rabbit with a dynamic population cycle. Their numbers can rise and fall dramatically depending on water levels in their marches and other factors. They can have up to four liters per year and serve as an important prey for mink, otters, hawks, owls and coyotes.

All muskrat trap types allowed during the regular season are legal for the overtime season. The use of foot-hold traps during this season is prohibited unless each trap is placed completely inside a muskrat house.

During this extended season parking areas at Lizard Lark will have signs alerting visitors to the special trapping season extension through April 1.