Damn! And here I thought it was just Michiganders who were dumb enough to eat rats. In all the years I trapped rats it never occurred to me to eat them. And some years back, when I was finally talked into it in Michigan, well, I realized that when I was an 8 year old I was smarter that those folks up north. No wonder they haven't been able to beat Ohio State.
Au Contraire' Mr Hoffman,
The Muskrat, while being a Rodent, it is not a member of the Rat Branch of the Rodent Tree. "Among the lesser known muskrat facts, one of the prominent ones is that though it is quite often referred to as a 'rat', it doesn't belong to the true rat family, i.e. genus Rattus
. The scientific name of muskrat
is Ondatra zibethicus
, and it is the only species belonging to genus Ondatra
in the sub-family Arvicolinae
"Muskrat meat is considered a delicacy in the region where it is found. Its fur is also used to make fur clothes which have a great demand in the international market."
Source - Buzzle.com "Intelligent Life on the Web"