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Odd Catch

Thursday, December 11, 2008

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Jack Glancy poses with a white muskrat. He trapped the animal near Seelyville.
* Man traps white muskrat

Jack Glancy has trapped animals for close to 60 years.

One would think through 60 years, Glancy had seen it all.

But the 71-year-old Parke County resident recently witnessed something new.

He trapped a white muskrat.

Glancy, who lives near Carbon and drives a school bus for the Clay Community School Corp., said he trapped the animal in the Seelyville area.

"I trap in quite a few different places," Glancy said, adding he typically catches close to 300 muskrats per year but has never seen a white one.

"When I pulled it out of the water, I thought it was a possum," Glancy said. "After I cleaned it up, I realized it was a muskrat.

"Throughout the country, occasionally, another trapper might catch (a white muskrat), but they're really rare. It's like a fluke. This is a one-in-a-million catch."

Indiana Department of Natural Resource Spokesperson Phil Bloom said it is rare to catch an animal in the wild that has albino characteristics.

"It is not the normal type of thing you see in the wild," Bloom said "It is odd."

However, Bloom said while some animals have albino characteristics, they may not be albino.

"True albinism is rare in the wild by most accounts," Bloom said. "Often times, people confuse a white animal and believe it is albino. But it is rare."

Bloom said muskrats are typically brownish in color and have a shorter, silver-tipped fur on their undercoating.

One way to check if an animal is albino is the color of their eyes, which Bloom said would be pink.

Glancy said he planned on having the animal mounted as soon as possible.


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He's going to have it mounted! Call HGTV for that new home decorating tip!

-- Posted by coltsbeer on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 12:01 AM

Trapping defenseless animals? What kind of hobby is that? He's been trapping for sixty years? Since he was eleven years old? Gosh, I really had a bad childhood-I never trapped animals! He's planning to have it "mounted"? There are other more productive hobbies such as woodworking!

-- Posted by millertime on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 7:45 AM

Trapping is a time honored vocation. It has been passed down for generations. Where do you think the fur trim on coats come from? As for them being defenseless, have you seen the damage those buggers do to ponds and streams?

-- Posted by KTEAPayne on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 9:42 AM

hey guys

-- Posted by nhs_babe_2011 on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 9:51 AM

it would be nice if he or someone else could trap another one, because i bet they would make a nice snuggly pair of slippers,dont you think?

-- Posted by kmpd61 on Fri, Dec 12, 2008, at 6:38 PM

*signing* Muskrat, muskrat love! =)

-- Posted by andypflueger on Sat, Dec 13, 2008, at 7:35 AM


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