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Beaver Population.
« on: November 12, 2012, 11:21:39 AM »
What is a good way to figure out how many Beavers are in an area, even rats, mink.

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Re: Beaver Population.
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2012, 06:51:00 PM »
Catch them then count them. :sas:

To be serious though if it looks like there are beaver, rats, mink I don't think you can over trap them with cage traps. Trap 'till the catch drops off, then move. There'll be a few left.
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Re: Beaver Population.
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2012, 07:08:45 PM »
If u catch a big male them probably few. If u catch momma or a little one then there can be quite a bit.

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Re: Beaver Population.
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2012, 09:12:34 PM »
Ok thanks, Just found a good amount o branches that were stripped and wanted to know if you could tell by that.

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Re: Beaver Population.
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2012, 05:24:17 AM »
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If u catch a big male them probably few. If u catch momma or a little one then there can be quite a bit.

Since when does the male not live with the colony?,,,,,

I believe differently then Bruce,,,,,  With colony traps you can over trap rats........
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Re: Beaver Population.
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2012, 07:23:24 AM »
Young beav are usually with mommy for about two years then driven off to find their own way.  If you find an area with lots of big stuff chewed down you probably have young ones.  If you find an area with grass roots, and cattail floating, and small twigs, usually an old beav.  There are always exceptions but found this to be mostley true.   :)
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Re: Beaver Population.
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2012, 08:07:15 AM »
Just seems that when I catch a big male I usually don't catch many other ones.

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Re: Beaver Population.
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2012, 08:53:11 AM »
I was in an area yesterday that I saw 6 huge trees that are almost falling over.  How many beavers would do that? 

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Re: Beaver Population.
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2012, 10:04:33 AM »
the young need to chew to keep there teeth worn down more so than the older ones is what i have been told.  A beaver could probably drop one a night, depending on size
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Re: Beaver Population.
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2012, 11:42:29 AM »
I am thinking of going back and putting up a trail cam

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Re: Beaver Population.
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2012, 03:30:26 PM »
Look for the food sources.
Like willow.
If there are lots of beaver... the area near the water will be stripped of food.
If very few beaver....  then there will be food everywhere and only a few downed trees.
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Re: Beaver Population.
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2012, 04:54:31 PM »
The beaver in this spot are not taking down big trees but there are alot of smaller limbs and a nice damm. These beavers from what I know have been there for atleast 2+ years and they dont have a hunt they have built a den under a nice big fir tree in the side of a bank.

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Re: Beaver Population.
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2012, 08:56:42 PM »
The beaver in this spot are not taking down big trees but there are alot of smaller limbs and a nice damm. These beavers from what I know have been there for atleast 2+ years and they dont have a hunt they have built a den under a nice big fir tree in the side of a bank.

Typical, it is rare to find a beaver house/hut at least on the west side.
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Re: Beaver Population.
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2012, 04:33:07 AM »
there are more bank dens than beaver huts for a large population, a single set of ponds probably hold at the most two adults and two kits.  Trap light and next year you will still have animals.  I only like to take one beav out of a system with about five connected ponds.  There are enough that by traveling a bit you can get all you can handle.  If you get in an area that seems extensive then you can take a few.  Just remember that undertrapping an area is better than killing off all the brood stock.  Think of it like farming. :hello:
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Re: Beaver Population.
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2012, 05:19:06 AM »
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a single set of ponds probably hold at the most two adults and two kits.

Not sure were you got this info but i believe it is false..........

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I only like to take one beav out of a system with about five connected ponds

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