How to Trap a Beaver – The Forgotten Survival Skills You’re Missing Out On

| Last Updated: March 29, 2021

One of the most challenging aspects of your property upkeep can exist if you live in a heavily wooded area. The reason is simple, and something you will quickly come to realize if you are a neophyte in the realm of woodland property.

This problem can be summed up in one word: beavers.Yes, that’s right. Beavers can become a huge problem, and it’s definitely something that woodland property owners strategize and commiserate over.

After this, you will quickly learn the forgotten skills of how to trap a beaver.

First of all, however, you need to understand the damage in which a beaver can cause to your property. Beavers, even in their natural habitat, can create a huge amount of damage. First of all, they have the ability to dig out bank dens and create an eyesore on your property.

Wild beavers at Horseshoe Lake Denali national park Alaska North America

They are also very smart creatures, so you can’t get by with ridding them with just setting any type of run-of-the-mill trap. Often the best way to control the beaver population is by setting out large, well-designed traps. Seriously, folks, you are dealing with miniature humans here in their scope of intelligence, so think out your traps!

Of course, as long as you follow the correct steps, you will be able to solve your beaver problem and help keep your property values from suffering. Here are some tips that will prevent the requisite hair tearing-out:

1. Have a Good Beaver Control Plan in Place.

The first step requires some planning and knowledge. You have to utilize good trapping skills and be able to engage in a strong habitat modification plan. After that, you need to have a good exclusion plan in place.

2. Choose the Right Trap.

The next step involves choosing the right trap. Like we said earlier, these little creatures are very smart, to the point that they are members of MENSA in the animal kingdom! So make sure first of all the trap is sophisticated enough so the beaver won't figure it out.

Secondly, the trap needs to be comfortable for the animal and should be durable and in a larger size. The trap should be made of a high-caliber steel product. The trap should also have a well-designed interior so that the captured animal will not hurt because of attempting to escape.

3. Place the Trap in the Right Location.

In placing the trap, you want to place in an area that isn’t too difficult for you to reach but isn’t too predictable either. Again, a poorly placed trap is one a beaver will avoid. Remember also that beavers do have a predictable pattern in their travel, so it would behoove you to fully study their movements in order to place your trap in the best location.

4. Bait the Trap Properly.

Of course, the next step is acquiring the right bait for your trap. You need to provide a food that is attractive to the beaver. Just like you wouldn't give kids onions on Halloween you don't give beavers food they dislike either!

Beaver happily chewing its food. (Source)

Many naturalist stores sell a product called “beaver castor” which is something that greatly appeals to them. Make sure to position the bait directly behind the trigger pan, and you also should realize that your own human scent might turn the beaver and keep him from the trap. Simply put, wear gloves to avoid this!

4. Set the Trap at the Correct Time.

The best time to set the trap is in the early evening. It is also a good thing to make sure you correctly position the trap in order to ensure the best chance of success. After making sure the trap is facing the beaver pond and lake habitat. After setting the trap to the open position, the only thing you need to do is wait.

5. Check the Trap Regularly.

The next step is to make sure you regularly check the trap. The animal will need to released in a different area where they cannot do damage to your property. The best location is usually about ten miles away from your property in another aquatic area.

It is important to realize that leaving a beaver in a cage for a long time will result in them becoming dehydrated and anxious. At times, it can even result in a cruelty to animals charge. This is why it is important to check the trap often.

6. Consider the Right Trap.

There are all kinds of beaver traps on the market today. Many of them are called “Kill traps”, because yes indeed, they kill the beaver. Many individuals opt for a live trap, especially if the beaver is the industrious sort. These traps often look like a large suitcase.

You want to appreciate these creatures, however, so handle them with care and respect their place in the wild! They are smart little furry creatures, so in most circumstances you should avoid these types of traps.Many individuals opt for the Havahart beaver trap. The first step is to set the trap where the beavers often enter and leave the water.

Make sure you consider the size of the trap. Usually, an extra large trap is the best one because it gives the most space for the beaver.The Havahart brand has established itself as the most trusted among woodland professionals because it offers a humane way for the beaver to be captured and withstand the weight of the beaver as well.

Finally, if your beaver problem is an extreme one, you might consider the two-door version of the Havahart trap, because it will increase your odds of catching these meddlesome creatures. You can keep from premature balding from stress from declining property values and divert these creatures at the same time as well!

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