Beaver removal and control is necessary to avoid significant damage to property, crops, timber, culverts, roads and farmland.
The beaver is nature’s most most industrious animal. They are engineers by trade. The construct dams, which block the flow of water, to create wetland habitats.
History of the Beaver:
Beaver are North America’s largest rodent. They are found through out the United States. In the early 1800’s they were brought to the edge of extinction as a result of an unregulated fur trade. Today, beavers are no longer trapped in significant numbers. This has resulted in a growing population throughout the nation’s watersheds.
The Benefits of Beavers:
Beavers create habitat or alter habitats to meet their needs. They block the flow of water, by building dams, to create wetlands. These wetlands provide valuable aquatic habitats for many species. They also provide beavers with protection from predators.
Damage Beavers Can Cause:
Beavers build dams in culverts, under highways, drainage ditches and irrigation canals. These dams poses a serious risk of flooding to roads and highways. As a result of this, beavers cause hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage every year through the flooding of roadways and valuable timber.
Despite their environmental benefits, they can also create safety hazards and cause significant damage. These hazards include, blocking of irrigation and drainage canals, destroying stream banks, and jeopardizing transpiration infrastructure and timber resources.
The size of the beaver will determine the traps we use. For that reason, we will either use conibears or foothold traps. These traps dispatch the beavers ethically and humanely. If beavers are on the smaller size, we’ll use conibears. However, if beavers are on the larger size, we may use footholds. We do not use live traps to remove beavers as there are other issues that arise from relocation.
It’s best to call a professional trapper when you need to remove a beaver or you feel damage is about to occur or is occurring. If you don’t, the damage will continue to get worse.