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How To Trap A Beaver
Beavers are exceptionally talented builders, and for the impartial observer their dam-building skills are sensational to see, but for those having to live near beavers it can be a massive problem. Although the ability to build a large wall that is almost without leaks is certainly impressive, it can cause problems because of the flooding of rivers and streams that it will cause. This is why many people will want to trap and remove beavers, and removing the dam permanently will often be a big relief to those that have been worried about the animals.
Choosing Your Beaver Trap
There are a number of different types of trap that can be used to capture a beaver, and because they will usually live in small families cage traps will often be quite successful. Finding the areas where the beavers will live and swim is not difficult, as the large flooded areas and beaver lodges will be a big clue to the presence of beavers.
Lethal traps are one of the traditional options for catching beavers, and these can include body grip traps that will kill the beaver quite quickly. There are also a number of traps that will be baited to attract the beaver under the water, and will then trap the animal under the water
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There are also a number of different live traps that can be used to catch beavers, with the most popular being the cage traps that will make it easy for individuals to carry and move the beaver. Cage traps will usually catch one animal, with the door of the trap snapping shut as they take the bait and trigger the trap. It may be worth setting a few different traps, because beavers will generally live in a family with the parents and a few younger animals too.
Bait For A Beaver Trap
It is difficult to choose the right bait for a beaver trap as they do not generally eat the kind of food that is easy to use as bait. One option that has proved to be quite successful is to use poplar or castor oil, which smells particularly strongly like the bark that beavers like to eat.
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Locating A Trap To Catch A Beaver
It is natural to place the traps in the area around the dam where the beavers are most active, but choosing the best place may require a little more attention. Beavers will generally spend most of their time in the water or in the lodge, but when they do come to the shore it will be to gnaw or eat the bark from nearby trees. By examining the shoreline and looking for trees that have been repeatedly targeted, this will often indicate a good area to place the trap.
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Important Precautions When Handling And Removing Beavers
Beavers are rodents which have particularly tough and sharp teeth that are used to gnaw and eat bark, and these can very easily be used to cut through human flesh. This is why it is vital to minimize any contact between the individual and the beaver, and to wear thick gloves and clothes that will help to protect them from a beaver bite. Beavers can carry a large number of diseases and parasites, although they are not considered to be an especially high rabies risk.
Many states have particular regulations about relocating beavers, and some will prohibit simply releasing the beavers away from your property. Because beavers are likely to return to the same spot if they can, it is best to remove them to a different river where they cannot return to the same place, and also to release them away from any domestic properties or urban areas.
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