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Muskrats


Pat Collins is the last of the muskrat trappers. He makes his living trapping non-native muskrats in the Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuge. The muskrat tunnels damage the system of levees and dykes that was built to create the marshlands. Although he doesn’t make much money from the pelts, Collins’ trapping helps control the population of muskrats in the refuge and keeps the wetlands intact for the birds.

First Broadcast: 2001
Producer: Ed Jahn

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