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Proud muskrat dog: 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 by themselves that weekend. For a closer look at the muskrat population and the problems the rodents are causing in many areas, check out the story elsewhere at

No love for muskrats -- Overly abundant rodents are causing problems this spring in parts of Minnesota, N.D.

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It's happened pretty much every night this spring, Tom Shirek says; his yellow Lab, Theo, makes the rounds of 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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