Mountain beavers are believed to be the world's most primitive living rodent species. Although they are not really a type of beaver, they share similar characteristics including gnawing on bark and cutting limbs off trees. Mountain beavers are elusive, damaging, and sometimes mean.
Mountain beavers resemble large hamsters or a tailless muskrat.
- 12-14 inches long
- Weigh 2-3 pounds
- Small ears and eyes
- Short tails
- Large, curved front claws used for digging, grasping, and climbing
- Gray-red in color
Mountain beavers create extensive burrows in their preferred habitat of damp forests, ferny slopes, and damp ravines in urban areas. They have an herbivorous diet and will eat a wide variety of plants, both above ground and underground.
Burrows created by mountain beavers are quite extensive. The entire burrow will run 6-8 inches in diameter. Special chambers throughout the burrow will be used for nesting, feeding, storing food, or storing droppings. With 10 or more exits, mountain beavers are able to travel the majority of their distance underground. Unoccupied mountain beaver tunnels may be used by mice, moles, voles, rats, rabbits, weasels, minks, spotted skunks, and salamanders.
Mountain beavers can destroy the most beautiful arrangements in or around your yard. Do you have any young trees or saplings that are consistently being chewed down? If yes, the cause could very well be a mountain beaver. Saplings are one of their favorite foods, and they will seek them out and chew them down. Some popular plants such as rhododendrons also land on the mountain beaver's favorite foods list as well as many other plants. Due to their substantial amount of tunneling, they can also cause sink holes and mudslides. When the damage becomes this severe it will take experts and professionals to resolve the situation.
Mountain Beaver Control
Critter Control of Seattle can trap and remove mountain beavers near your home or business. Our professional team of wildlife control technicians are experienced in safe removal and trapping methods. Once the mountain beaver is removed, Critter Control of Seattle will assess the situation and will create a plan of prevention. With severe damage, we will recommend contacting an eco-engineer for advice on how to proceed.