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Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 15:29:43 -0500
From: Kelley Curran
Subject: [volmonitor] Beavers

Hello:

I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with the following or could
point me in the direction of finding additional information:

1. The lake community association that I belong to is preparing to trap and
kill a local beaver family that has been building a dam on our lake. The
board members claim that they have been mandated by the state to get rid of
them. It just seems to me that there may be more humane ways to handle the
beavers and their dam building activities. Has anyone had any experience
with this?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Kelley A. Curran
Director of Water Quality Programs
Great Swamp Watershed Association
ph: 973-538-3500 x16
fax: 973-538-5300
e-mail: kcurran@greatswamp.org
website: www.greatswamp.org

Responses

Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 06:43:15 -0800 (PST)
From: Kelly Stettner
Subject: Re: [volmonitor] Beavers

Hello, Kelley & group;

As far as the beaver problem goes, has anyone thought about beaver baffles? Essentially, it’s a tube type of structure which is installed at the bottom of the dam, draining a portion of it into the stream below. The level of water behind the dam is maintained at a height to serve the beavers’ needs, but the streamflow is kept to a level that meets landowner needs and fish needs downstream. My buddy Mary Beth Adler has installed many; she works with Vermont Fish & Wildlife and would LOVE to explain and answer any questions you may have: marybeth.adler@state.vt.us

A link to more information: www.loudounwildlife.org/PDF_Files/Build_Beaver_Baffle.pdf

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