They’re Back

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If you’ve read my ‘about’ page, you know how our farm got its name.  Beavers took out hundreds of trees on our property, including the large expensive weeping willow tree I’ve always wanted within a week of planting it.  They had burrowed into the bank directly across the pond from our dock.  The last one was ‘removed’ April of 2008.  I called our game warden and asked him to send someone to trap and relocate them.  He said there’s no one around here who traps them, even for their pelts.  He told me they’re nuisance animals (no kidding) and suggested we shoot them.  I said I would if I had a gun!  So I went to Wal Mart.  Did you know when you buy a rifle at Wal Mart, the manager walks you to your car?  I found that interesting.  Anyway, as it turns out I’m a pretty good shot.  So’s my husband.  When we were house hunting in this area we knew we wanted water of some sort.  Either a pond or a stream large enough you couldn’t jump over it.  We got both.  One of our property boundaries feeds the Mayo river and beavers have taken up residence in the bend.  They have already taken out dozens of small trees and have started on a few large ones.  If they get it dammed, it will take out our neighbor’s creekside cabin which is just upstream.  So… we’re on the hunt again.  Since they’re nocturnal, it means going out at night in the freezing cold with a big flashlight.  Dam beavers!

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mieljolie
    Dec 24, 2010 @ 11:42:35

    Oh no! Return of the Evil Beavers – Part Two! 🙂

    Sorry to hear about your beaver troubles. Is it possible to find a more humane solution? I’ve heard of putting “Bitter Apple” on things to stop dogs from chewing. I just did a quick search that resulted in painting trees with “roofing tar”. Think that would deter them from at least your more precious trees? May not look very pleasant though. 🙂


    • Connie
      Dec 24, 2010 @ 16:28:43

      The humane solution is to have them relocated and I haven’t yet been able to find someone to do that. I’ve tried! They’re starting on a dam just about 75 feet downriver of our neighbor’s brand new creekside cabin, which will float away if they’re successful. Must. Stop. Chewing.


  2. Tracy
    Dec 24, 2010 @ 14:48:48

    *shakes fist* Beeeeeeaaaaaaveeeeerrrrrss!


  3. Gloria
    Dec 28, 2010 @ 19:37:04

    Sorry about the beavers. I inherited a S& W .357 from my father-in-law (via Randy who doesn’t like firearms). I may feel the need for some target practice next time we’re up. Do you think a .357 might be ‘overkill’? Nah.


  4. Tracy
    Dec 30, 2010 @ 20:35:11

    The dam is definitely bigger now than it was when you took this picture.


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