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Old 04-18-2015, 05:04 PM   #1
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I caught this today while taking photos of the Merrymeeting Lake ice-out. One of the only open areas on the lake right now.

A mink?
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:18 PM   #2
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I caught this today while taking photos of the Merrymeeting Lake ice-out. One of the only open areas on the lake right now.

A mink?
I'm guessing a beaver. Looks like a weaselly whip tail but I think it's a paddle with a twist!
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:26 PM   #3
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Beaver

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Old 04-18-2015, 07:23 PM   #4
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Muskrat. !!
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:44 PM   #5
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Muscrat. The tail in the photo is slightly deceiving, but the pelt is what makes me believe it's the Muscrat. We have a few that are in the cove, as well as Mink and Beaver. Here is a horrible phone pic of the one who hangs around here. ~ Mother Nature's Zealot
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:54 PM   #6
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I thought muskrat when I saw it.

I had already ruled out beaver. I also watched it swim up close and it didn't have a wide, flat tail. I've seen several beaver in the area, and it was definitely not a beaver.

But in the pictures of muskrats I found online, the ears didn't look quite right either.
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himself as an otter perhaps to lose the stigma of being called a river rat?

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I thought muskrat when I saw it.

I had already ruled out beaver. I also watched it swim up close and it didn't have a wide, flat tail. I've seen several beaver in the area, and it was definitely not a beaver.

But in the pictures of muskrats I found online, the ears didn't look quite right either.
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Old 04-19-2015, 04:39 AM   #8
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himself as an otter perhaps to lose the stigma of being called a river rat?
I saw him and his wife yesterday, and he wouldn't be swimming yet...the water is too cold.
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:41 AM   #9
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Looking at a lot of online pictures, I think it was a river otter.
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We need more pics. I'm sticking with Muskrat. The tail isn't fat enough for me . . . and how often do you hear that?

Have a blessed day! Ice is . . . well, that's another thread.

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Old 04-19-2015, 08:59 AM   #11
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My bet is that it's a muskrat - seen a lot of them in my day. Definitely not an alligator.
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Old 04-19-2015, 04:02 PM   #12
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Doubtful its a beaver, definitely not an otter.
In Minnesota I've had otters try to warn me off a fishing spot and had a couple haul out by our canoes at a campsite...more slender, tighter fur.
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Old 04-19-2015, 05:13 PM   #13
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A neighbor who has seen it multiple times says it is a muskrat.
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:24 PM   #14
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A neighbor who has seen it multiple times says it is a muskrat.
Were you able to hear Louis in the background?
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Definitely a muskrat, and it is swimming, not ramblin'
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As has been stated many times in this thread now, it's definitely a muskrat
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What this about being called Riverat?
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We saw one of these guys swim right in front of our dock last night, then under it, then over to the neighbors dock. We thought it was a beaver until it climb up on the neighbor's dock and we saw it's long thin tail. Impressive little swimmer! I guess my labs will have something new to chase other than chipmunks this summer! (No worries, they never catch anything!)
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