Beaver Problems

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Beavers are nuisance with the loss of valuable trees and shrubs, flooding of roadways and damage to dams.Beaver Problems in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Conflicts between beavers and humans are on the rise. Rebounding from near extinction in the early 19th century, beavers can become a nuisance as they find excellent home sites in our Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky neighborhoods, commercial districts and rural areas. Golf courses, municipalities and neighborhood associations experience problems as beavers find water features, streams and retention ponds perfect for raising a family. And, while beavers do provide many benefits to the environment, they can become more than a nuisance with the loss of valuable trees and shrubs, flooding of roadways and damage to dams.

With its brown/black fur and distinctive large, flat tail, the North American Beaver (Castor canadensis), is easily recognized. The tail is used as a rudder while swimming, a prop when sitting or standing, a storehouse for fat and is used to slap the water as a warning signal.

Beavers are the largest rodent in North America typically weighing between 45 to 60 pounds. Their large front teeth, designed for chewing, are growing continuously. With their paddle-shaped tails, webbed hind feet and waterproof fur, beavers are at home in water finding shelter, protection and food in and around ponds and streams.

Are beavers dangerous?

Beavers are typically peaceful animals living alone or with a small family group. They avoid human contact. However, as with all wildlife, always exercise caution. While generally considered small, there is a risk of the transmission of rabies, parasites or other diseases to you or your family. Beavers can also contaminate waterways with general unsanitary conditions and numerous parasites including giardia, an intestinal parasite.

How much damage can a beaver do to your property?

Just one beaver can create havoc on your property. Beavers have the ability to greatly alter their habitat to suit their own needs. Te result is significant physical and economical damage! Downed trees can be expensive and heartbreaking. And damaged trees will weaken becoming a future threat to property.

The creation of dams and the blocking of culverts can create dangerous and destructive flood conditions on roadways, farmlands and other valuable property. Beaver dens created in existing dams on retention ponds, municipal flood control ponds and water features on golf courses and in neighborhoods can result in dangerous conditions and expensive solutions. Water quality issues can also arise from the presence of a beaver in your pond or waterway.

Should you trap and remove the beaver yourself?

Beavers are considered a fur-bearing animal and as such are subject to hunting and trapping regulations. Approval must be granted to trap a beaver outside the normal hunting season and there are numerous requirements regarding what can then be done with the animal.

Besides these regulatory considerations, beaver trapping must be conducted appropriately or it will be ineffective. An expert animal control expert can identify the problem and develop and conduct a trapping and removal plan that will be effective, humane and legal.

The Best Solution….

Control measures can be one approach to dealing with a nuisance beaver - trees can be protected with wire mesh and culverts protected using exclusion fencing. However, trapping and removal may be the most effective and efficient solution long-term solution.

In order to protect your property from potential damage and to handle the nuisance animal in a legal and humane manner, trapping should be conducted by a trained, experienced and licensed animal control expert. A trained wildlife control expert can assess your particular situation and make the appropriate recommendations.

If a beaver has taken up residence on your property, call a licensed professional.

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