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Layla, a black Labrador owned by Dan Ryba of rural Lankin, N.D., did her part to help control the muskrat problem in southwestern Walsh County recently by killing these nine muskrats. According to Tom Shirek, Ryba's neighbor who submitted the photo, Layla and Shirek's yellow Lab, Theo, killed 43 muskrats in a recent weekend. Forum Communications Co.

Parts of North Dakota feeling no love for muskrats

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GRAND FORKS - It's happened pretty much every night this spring, Tom Shirek says; his yellow Lab, Theo, makes the rounds in nearby sloughs and returns home with furry little "presents" he leaves in the yard.


The "presents" are musk­rats, and they're every­where in some parts of northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota this spring. Shirek says there have been mornings when he's woken up to the sight of nearly a dozen dead muskrats dropped on his lawn.

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