Got beaver problems?

What is the conflict?

Humans often kill beavers when their damming and tree-chewing behaviors cause problems such as flooding and destroyed vegetation. This approach is ineffective because new beavers will soon move into the empty habitat. Lethal trapping, dam destruction, and culvert unclogging are only temporary solutions that, in the long-run, are expensive and unsustainable.

How is coexistence possible?

Beavers and the wetland habitats they create are beneficial to people, plants, animals, and entire landscapes and watersheds. We believe it is possible for people to share land with live beavers while addressing flooding and tree-chewing problems using long-term, cost-effective solutions.

Beavers Myths Busted

Beavers do not eat fish. Beavers are strictly herbivores, but they don’t eat only trees either! As ‘choosy generalists,’ their diet consists of many species (80+) of woody, herbaceous, and aquatic plants. Most people blame author C. S. Lewis for the common misunderstanding about beaver diet, as he wrote in The Chronicles of Narnia that they eat fish.…

Common Tree-Wrapping Mistakes

Protecting individual trees from beaver chewing is a cheap, long-lasting, nonlethal, and effective coexistence strategy when done correctly. Avoid these common mistakes so you don’t duplicate effort or waste money on the wrong materials: Inappropriate fencing material– Beavers can chew through chicken wire (pictured below) and other flimsy metal or plastic mesh. We recommend heavy…

Do I REALLY Have a Beaver Problem?

Sometimes people discover chewed or felled trees, realize there are beavers living on their land, and assume there is a problem when there may not be. Just because you have beavers on your property doesn’t mean there is a conflict! Remember that beavers are adapted to make changes to their environment, and that beavers or…