Drought Blamed For Mass Relocation of Muskrats

12.11.2014

The last muskrat of river Hopper is living his last days in the Penza region, Russia. This disappointing information was released by the Ministry of Forestry, Hunting and wildlife management of the region. Muskrats' habitats are in the upper stream of the river. The relict marine mammal wasn't found in the lower parts of it, only abandoned burrows. Data on another river animals is also very disappointing.

Drought Blamed For Mass Relocation of Muskrats

Hopper is almost thousand kilometers long. Despite this considerable distance, only 2 otters, muskrats and 44 240 beavers are left on the banks of the river there. The study, which gave so sad results was conducted by the state reserve «Nizhnehopersky». Experts believe that the cause of the mass «exodus» of muskrats was the reduction of water volume in local lakes. Muskrats need small quiet ponds which do not dry in the summer and do not freeze in winter for a comfort living.