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.
Check out the talks from BeaverCON 2022 on the Beaver Institute’s YouTube channel.
To dam or not to dam? The beavers in the incredible camera trap photographs below, from William MacFarland, live on the Anacostia River which flows from Maryland into Washington DC. They build lodges to live in but have no need for dams. Beavers build dams to create water that is deep enough (ideally 3 feet…
Tree-wrapping materials list heavy gauge welded wire fencing, 4ft tall, 2x4in spacing wire cutters work gloves pliers landscape stakes/staples/pins measuring tape zip ties Happy wrapping!
Ever wonder what beavers are up to during each of the four seasons? When we understand beaver life history and how their behaviors change throughout the year, we are more likely to coexist with them successfully!