Conservation and Trapping Science

Newspaper: Beaver make Iowa town Home
May 2, 2021 07:24 ET

THE BEAVER (Castdor canadensis) is one animal of our natural world that many people never see. Active at night, they may work overtime to build small or medium log, stick and mud dams across area creeks or small streams. Behind those impoundments of shallow water, an area creek can be transformed into a series of small stepping stone “mini-lakes.” And if the beaver family decides to go exploring, they do so largely unseen and unheard. What people discover a few days, weeks or months later are lots of trees cut down, or chewed through to make the tree a hazard to the next wind storm, or in some cases, adjacent field crop damages may become evident.

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