We have a beaver issue here. We keep breaking up the dams that they make but they are...well "busy as beavers" and it's getting hard to keep up with them.
We have at least 4 of these (huts) on our place now. With all the rain we have to be careful or our driveway is going to be washed away (and that's not good because we are on a small mountain and it's the ONLY drive down.)
I'd love to hear how others have dealt with these cute little devils. I'd hate to off them, but it's getting to that point that we may have to.
Thanks Max, I was going to go look for that thread for this person.
I am the caretaker for a large resort, 1600 acres with a 8000 square foot lodge and a smaller "guest" house. This last Fall I finally hired a local guy to come trap the beavers out of our 47 acre lake. At first the owner and I tried to do the "live and let live" thing, but that just doesn't work. In five days we lost 14 mature white and yellow birch trees, and that just doesn't work for us.
Also mucking around in Beaver pond mud or their lodges/dams is not a good thing health wise. Please read up on Blastomycosis which can be present in these situations!
Last edited by NWoods_Hippie; 04/03/08 at 03:20 PM.
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They love it when you break their dams. Their biggest thrill in life is making a dam, second biggest is repairing one. And if they get to gnaw down a few more trees to repair the dam, that is icing on the cake to them.
Unfortunately with the Post-9/11 regulations finding someone to come out to blast out a dam is likely to be difficult, and a tad expensive.
As noted above, lead poisoning works. .22 if you are good and it is a head shot. Use to pay a neighbor's son $20 each to come take them off my pond. He spotlighted them with his ATV and then used a scoped .22 mag.
Some folks also break the dam and then put a length of culvert through it at an angle. Beavers have a difficult time stopping up the culvert if it is off the bottom.
Trapping them is the most efficient way. Shooting them is tricky, as when the first one or two get plinked, the rest of the colony go into secretive mode working and eating in the dark. 330 body grip traps, foot holds rigged on drowners, and snares are the quickest most efficient way to thin out the beavers. When a place is setup correct, you'll take the bulk of them in few nights. If you do not have any knoweledge of trapping, put the word out around your area that your looking for a trapper, as most likely they are around. You make get a man to trap free, or for little cost this Spring when the fur is still prime. I trapped for folks in the Spring for free, as I hooped the tanned beaver pelt on willow, added locks of horse tail and felt wrapped turkey feathers and made a profit that way. I also retained as much beaver meat for my freezers as I could. Shooting beavers in most states is illeagle, so before you think of trying to plink them and your around alot of people, better get a permit from the F & G. Again, my advice is to find a fur trapper in your area, I gaurentee if he has any idea what he is doing, he'll pull a lot of beavers out of there in quick order!
Move???? Sorry, sick humor this morning. Ya got to give the little devils credit though, they are determined. Hubby is supervisor in our district (which includes taking care of roads) and he has several families of these little devils. He has tried almost all of the above suggestions, plus others (like building these contraptions that consist of wire box thingeys that keep the beavers from building at the road culverts, (which worked for a year or so and THEN they figured out a way to work that into their house (hut) plans, so now it is back to the drawing board. NOTE: It worked at some of the culverts, but not all. All I can say is we haven't found the formula to stop them.....it justs a constant battle. We also have had lots of rain here and alot of peoples yards are flooding and the roads due to the beavers, so Monday the crew starts tearing out dams AGAIN. All I can say is "Good Luck".
"Alligators work well too. They'll eat every beaver in the pond!"
Reminds me of an old joke. Farmer took a bucket of fish feed down to the pond and surprised a couple of young women skinny dipping in it. They shouted for him to go away, but he held his ground. One asked why he had the bucket and he said, "I just came down here to feed the alligators."