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Peak Nuisance Period: Spring through early Winter

Common Nuisance Situations:

  • Area flooded due to beaver dam
  • Creeks destroyed by beaver activity
  • Trees destroyed by beaver activity

Please note:  Beavers are protected species and therefore require permits for removal.  Got Wildlife?  can facilitate this process for you or simply provide guidance on how to obtain the appropriate permits to remove the unwanted situation.  Unfortunately, Beavers may not be re-located from residential or commercial properties.

Animal Characteristics


  • Beavers have a brown water-proof coat, and webbed hind feet built for life in the water.
  • They have a wide, paddle-shaped tail covered in hard scales. They have two orange, prominent upper teeth, and two lower.
  • Beavers’ tails are primarily used like the rudders on a boat, and are capable of propelling the beaver through the water at five miles per hour. His tail also helps with communication between the family members, and is slapped vigorously on the water’s surface to signal danger.
  • Typcial size is 45 inches long including the tail and 30 to 75 lbs. Beavers are basically nocturnal, active between dusk and nightfall. They do not hibernate.
  • Second only to humans, Beavers are the only animal that can effectively change the environment around them.

Diet: Twigs, bark, and roots. Their favorite trees are aspen, willow, birch, maple, polar, and alder.

Habitat: Pond, Lake, River

Breeding: Beavers mate for life, 1 time per year and have 4 kits on average between April and July.

Mythbusters: Beavers do not eat fish

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