This is my spring beaver report. I will answer the question at the end of this Post.
As of last weekend, there were beavers on every lake except Boyd, usually the beavers favourite lake. A miracle of sort. Touch wood!
But they have been active in the other lakes, especially on Curran where they never stop building a dam in the outlet. Our trapper hopes to have the problem solved by the end of June.
A colony has also taken residence on Black but no damage has been reported yet. Again, more work for our trapper.
Finally, I saw a couple on Clear a few weeks ago and they have feasted again on my shoreline where their favourite food is still abundant. This year they decided to gulp a really pretty dappled willow. The lady did not appreciate at all!
The beavers favourite food is definitely alder.
Here is what it looks like on my shoreline.
If they cannot it find it, they will eat birch, cherry trees, poplar, willow, aspen and cottonwood.
One piece of advice. If you have valuable trees on your shoreline it would be a good idea to protect them. Here is an illustration as to how to do it. The 2×2 inch mesh should be about four feet high. And leave room for the tree to grow.
We will always have beavers in and around our lakes. Our trapper cannot be everywhere. All we can do is control the beaver population and prevent serious damage to our assets.
And do not be afraid of them, they are herbivores. Don’t even eat fish!
always like your articles, keeps me closer to the Dundandy paradise! and now we know what to plant!
yes they do like my shore line ,but the rest is mostly cedars and they do not touch anything but the aider
thank you for the very informative script
The little buggers like John’s dock area but they do look sleek swimming away.
thanks for the info