The beaver is a stocky rodent adapted for aquatic environments. Many of the beaver's features enable it to remain submerged for long periods of time. Most people identify beavers by their distinctive tail. The prominent tail is used as a prop while the beaver is sitting upright and for a rudder when swimming. Beavers also use their tail to warn others of danger by abruptly slapping the surface of the water.
Beavers are found throughout North America, except for the arctic tundra, most of peninsular Florida, and the southwestern desert areas. The species may be locally abundant wherever aquatic habitats are found.
Beaver habitat is almost anywhere there is a source of water year-round. You can also identify beavers by the dams they build. Beavers build dams to modify the environment to their liking. Dam building is often stimulated by running water. Beavers are adaptable and will use whatever materials are available to construct dams, such as fencing material, bridge planking, crossties, rocks, wire, and other metal, wood and fiber materials. The beaver is unparalleled at dam building and can build dams on fast-moving streams as well as slow-moving ones. They also build lodges and bank dens, depending on the available habitat.
The legal status of beavers varies from state to state. In some states the beaver is protected except during furbearer seasons; in others it is classified as a pest and may be taken year-round when causing damage.
Due to the variations from state to state on the restriction of beaver control and beaver removal, it is best to contact your local Critter Control office if you think you have a beaver problem. Our Critter Control beaver removal specialist are trained to identify beaver problems and to get rid of beavers using beaver removal methods such as beaver trapping.
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