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Trapping a beaver is not a very easy feat for amateurs. This is also true for all other types of wildlife. If you are facing issues with traps, then it is a brilliant idea to hire a professional who will handle it for you.
There are some signs that can actually indicate that you are dealing with beavers. They include things such as trees down and stumps that are filed in a suspicious way. You may also notice some massive rodent footprints all over and you may notice that the level of water in the stream has started rising. Also, from the creek bank, you may get the feeling that you are being watched and on looking back you see a furry body slip into the pond with so much ease. These are things that tell you that you have an issue.
Poisoning beavers should not be viewed as an option and there are no known beaver repellents, which leaves you with the option of trapping the beavers. There is never a likelihood of there being just one beaver; it may be a whole family. They also live in colonies that are made of eight beavers. They are not solitary animals.
Beaver traps are available in two basic types and these are lethal traps and live traps. In the case of live traps, large cages are used or even clamshell traps. For the lethal traps, drowning snares, body gripping traps and leg hold traps are most often used.
If you opt for the live trap, then you will need bait and the best is castor oil or even another beaverís scent, which can be gotten from your last capture or from buying it from other trappers.
If lethal traps are used, location is very important. They are available in two sets. The first one is a channel set where a trap is set well on a beaver channel or runway which is used actively and one which is quite easy to spot. There are also the mound sets which are set at the place where the beavers lodge. This is typically all the place where the beaver has created a pathway that is used most of the time.
There are people who have been unable to control beavers and this is because of the approach that is chosen. You can wrap trees using a mesh wire, but this isnít practical to use for a forest. Trying to harass the rodents by destroying their dens and dams isnít effective either. You should know that the beavers will be able to recreate a dam in a day or even less time. If there is food, water and many trees, the beaver will just keep on gnawing on the tees. The efforts will just add to your anger without even bothering the beaver at all. Get a pro to assist with trapping.