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Beaver Damage Management

WS works with landowners to reduce beaver-related damage Beavers are the largest rodents in North America, and their population is estimated to be between 6 and 12 million animals. In most areas, beaver are protected as furbearers by State laws and regulations. Beavers occur in many urban, suburban, and rural areas where there is a food supply and a body of water. Beaver-related conflicts occur when dam-building and tree-cutting result in flooding, habitat damage, and safety problems.

Beaver cut trees for dam-building and as a food source Overview
The beaver is an important component of North American ecosystems, and their populations are sometimes associated with damage problems.  >>More

WS clearing a culvert blocked by beaver Beaver Conflicts with People  
The beaver's ability to modify and create habitat sometimes leads to damage problems including blocked culverts, flooding, destruction of valued trees, and loss of habitat for other wildlife and plant species.  >>More

restoring water flow

Beaver - Assistance from Wildlife Services State Offices
WS provides beaver management assistance to help people protect crops, roadways, and woodlands  >>More.

attaching a transmitted to a beaver Research - Developing Science-Based Solutions to Beaver Conflicts
WS' NWRC works to increase knowledge about beaver and management approaches.  >>More











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