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To obtain beaver removal help call our office 24/7/365 at
(888) 712-2542

 

Appearance:


The beaver (Castor canadensis) normally weighs approximately 30-50 pounds. The beaver has a heavily muscled body covered with glossy brown fur with a dense grayish underfur and large, orange-yellow, chisel-like incisor teeth. The back feet are webbed for swimming and the broad flat tail is used as a rudder, a propeller, or may be slapped on the water as a warning.


Habitat:


These mammals excel at swimming, felling trees and building dams. The dams create ponds that provide beavers with deep water where they can find protection from predators - entrances to dens or lodges are usually underwater. Some beavers do not build the massive stick lodges associated with northern colonies. Instead, they are more likely to live in deep dens in the banks of streams, usually as a pair with their offspring from two breeding seasons.

 

Today the beaver thrives along many of the perennial streams and rivers. As architects of wetlands, beavers provide habitat for nesting wood ducks, migratory waterfowl, otters, turtles and fishes.


Beaver dams may block drainage systems and flood roads, crops, and timberland. Hungry beavers occasionally chew down ornamental trees and venture into fields to feed on crops like sorghum and corn.


Behavior:


Most trees cut by beavers are one to six inches in diameter, but the animals leave their mark on a wide variety of trees and shrubs, feeding on the inner bark and tender shoots and twigs. Roots, grasses, sedges, ferns and other water plants comprise the remainder of their diet. Beavers float or drag tree sections to the dam site and wedge them into place with absolute precision. They can close their nostrils and ears when underwater, have transparent eyelids that cover the eyes like goggles and can stay below the surface for up to 15 minutes.


Beginning in the late 1700s, beavers were the most intensively and widely sought natural resource of the continent, largely due to the European demand for beaver pelt hats. Few beavers were left in North America by the late 1800s. Through restocking and other conservation and management practices in the 1900s, populations have rebounded throughout the continent. The beaver can live on streams, swamps, or lakes having a suitable supply of trees for food.


Beavers are primarily nocturnal, so despite the resurgence in their population, it is not common to see one. You are far more likely to see beaver signs - a stump or branch chewed to a point, like an oversized pencil, or the beaver dam itself.

 

Humane Control Methods

 

Beaver Paint
A new method to prevent beaver gnawing involves coating mature tree trunks with a sand and paint mixture. The paint can be color-coded to match the trees. Use 20 ounces of mason sand to one gallon of outdoor latex paint. Stir often and paint trunks about four feet high. Make only small batches at a time on the day it will be applied. Using too much sand causes mixture to roll off the tree. Young trees should not be painted. They should be protected with wire mesh cylinders.


Cylindrical Cages
Use 19-gauge hardware cloth or sturdy 2 x 4 inch welded wire fencing (NOT CHICKEN WIRE), about three feet high. Encircle the trunk, leaving a space of about six inches between the tree and the wire – this is very important to allow the tree room to grow. Bend every other horizontal wire into hooks to connect with the other side.

To obtain beaver removal help call our office 24/7/365 at
(888) 712-2542

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