clams

Discussion in 'Michigan Trapping and Varmint Hunting' started by garyb, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. garyb

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    I have an 1 1/2 acre pond and for the past couple of years I would find a lot of clams that were eaten about 2 feet from the water edge , I don't know weather it is muskrats or weasels..i does bother me I know the are making a dent in my fish population also...I guess it s time to start to get rid of them
     
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  2. Waif

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    No otter sign?
     
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  3. Blaine man

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    How deep is the water 2 feet out? Coons love clams.
     
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  4. garyb

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    I live in Webberville 15 miles east of lansing. I don't believe I have ever seen an otter here or even know what to look for, all I have seen in the pond are muskrets and mink, thanks for your interest
     
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  5. garyb

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    I know there are a lot coons around but where the clams are is about 5 or 6 feet minium. thanks for your reply
     
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  6. Waif

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    Not saying an otter was there.....but they can pond/ waterway hop. Quite a ways in between if need be.
    Harder on fish than coons ,but share lots of prey desires.
    A pond that has it' s frog or small fish population drop fast with little evidence of why, may have had a brief raiding visit.
    IF an otter ,it can be quite a while before returning.
    Coons leave intact shells near shore. Some one more experienced with otter might be able to tell you how they handle clams,and their shell leavings.
     
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  7. U D

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    How do you know this? ...."I know the are making a dent in my fish population also."
     
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  8. Sparky23

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    Mink or rats. Or both. Rats will eat clams and muscles gladly if other food isnt abundant. Mink loves them as well but most of the discards would be on land
     
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    thanks that would point to the mink, I think my pond is over run with them ,lol time to correct the problem
     
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    I would say rats but maybe not. Mink would have the shells on the shoreline more than in the water. Rats would too for the most i would. Odd for them to all be in the water.
     
  11. CL-Lewiston

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    Only takes a couple to eat a lot of everything.
     
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