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Forum topic by gfadvm posted 10-02-2011 04:19 AM 2911 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2011 04:19 AM

The annual beaver invasion has begun. So far this fall they have girdled 12 of my Aus trees, cut down 6 small Ash, and chewed on several more trees. They don’t live on my place but come in at night and do their woodworking so they are hard to get rid of. Guns and spotlights are illegal in combination in Ok. but I have dispatched a few this way. My big dog isn’t effective as they jump in and submerge when he shows up. I’m all for living in harmony with the wildlife but these things are destroying my beautiful place that has taken me years to build. It really pisses me off as I planted all of these trees and they destroy years of work/growth in a single night. Any suggestions (regardless of how cruel) would be appreciated. Nuisance wildlife trappers aren’t an option. He’s already been here and told me he can’t help since there are no dens/slides where he could trap them.

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#1 posted 10-02-2011 04:37 AM

Chicken wire around the base of trees, snow fencing along the river/stream to redirect them away from your property, and loud rap music played at the base of the trees…okay the rap music thing was just a gratuitous slam against that form of music but the other two prevent the critters from getting to your trees. They are persistant and smart creatures but they have to have their lodges built and larders stocked by freeze up otherwise they won’t survive the winter… a particularily cruel way to die, slowly by starvation whilst trapped under the ice with out a lodge to shelter in. A buddy of mine finds a perch and just plinks away at them, he’d cleared a few off of his property that way, but it means sitting out in the evening shooting at things…hey that may not be such a bad way to spend and evening after all LOL!

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 05:11 AM

The chicken wire didn’t impress them at all. They either chewed through it or just pulled it up enough to get at the tree. I live about 3/4 mile from the river. They come up the creek as best I can determine so I don’t see a way to fence them out but thanks for the suggestions, Mark. ps I think I’d rather have the beavers than the rap music!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 10-02-2011 05:37 AM

‘Shame night vision is so expensive. ‘Only way I see around a spotlight ban. Hopefully, you’ll get some suggestions. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 10-02-2011 05:47 AM

Night scopes are likewise illegal in Ok. (even for varmits). My son in law got arresred for spotlighting armadillos in his own hay meadow last fall. The Ok. Fish and Game guys are pretty overzealous. My philosophy is “it’s only illegal if you get caught” and we live 1/4 mi. off the road so it’s hard to sneak up on us. Roscoe, the watch dog doesn’t like the local game warden so I think I’m OK with the spotlight unless the neighbors get involved. Beavers have no natural predators in our area so they have reproduced like flies. Behave yourself, Bently! This is a family forum. lol

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#5 posted 10-02-2011 05:48 AM

get some live traps…ya know catch them with food…they take them far away to a place that wont conflict anyone else…...or dispatch them and turn the furs into winter hats…ive got a beaver hat…and man is it ever warm…try that…...of bever steaks…i like them, but they give me gas…lol..grizz

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#6 posted 10-02-2011 06:08 AM

my advice, set lots of traps, put up huge spotlights so you can easily shoot them, and install a mine field, for your nosy warden friend :)

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#7 posted 10-02-2011 06:10 AM

In this state it is illegal to shoot them and tear out their dams!
With that said, I will only add this… After watching ducks swim in my hay fields and now trying to figure out how to take out a dead weeping willow that I started from a twig, without taking out a fence, I may have discovered some beavers are up and swimming early in the morning when the sun first comes up!

We’ve also learned that some trappers are just plain lazy!

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#8 posted 10-02-2011 06:29 AM

I think I will pass on this one.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#9 posted 10-02-2011 06:33 AM

Well Doc, I can’t see any other choice then declaring war on them critters and run the risk of the warden.
As far as the neighbors go, either they talk to them or bribe them with some of your nice woodworking.
18 trees gone so far, with more probably going to go, “it’s war”!
Good luck Doc. Let us know how it turns out.

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#10 posted 10-02-2011 06:49 AM

It’s amazing how big a tree a beaver can take down. They will hear you coming in heart beat. I’ve done a few early in the morning with a .22 rifle…......

-- mike...............

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#11 posted 10-02-2011 07:07 AM

Acadamy Sports sells a nice ruger 10-22 for around $200. Get a couple 30 round mags and declare war! Id also trap them! Most beavers are fun to shoot !

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#12 posted 10-02-2011 03:52 PM

Just a thought , if chicken wire doesn’t stop them how about chain likk staked deeply to the ground. It comes in several gages 10ga. being the heaviest. You can un-weave it wrap it around the trees and re-weave it back together. Find some used stuff for free or cheap. Try your local fence installer they usually have used stuff they scrap out you could get it for scrap price.

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#13 posted 10-02-2011 04:35 PM

shoot a beaver, then starp his messed up corpse around a tree you don’t want chopped….that’ll teach them

-- M.K.

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#14 posted 10-02-2011 04:49 PM

two possible solutions I have found…..

1. Abrasive Tree Paint Protection

Exterior Latex (choose a color to match the bark)
Mason Sand (30 mil or 70 mil)

Mix 5 oz sand per quart of paint, or
Mix 20 oz sand per gallon of paint, or
Mix 140 gm sand per liter of paint.

Make only in small batches at a time on the day you are going to apply it. Using too much sand will cause the mixture to roll off the tree. Apply paint to bottom three to four feet of tree trunk. This formula does not work for saplings, so protect them with wire fencing.

Above method reprinted from the Wildlife 2000 Newsletter, 2000 News edition, p.3.

2. Another Method of Protecting Trees

Vegetable or mineral oil infused with cayenne pepper and then painted on the tree trunks has also been reported as an effective means of preventing beaver chewing.

Acknowledgements: Dr. Thomas E. Eveland, Ecology Consultant, The Fund for Animals and the “Beaversprite” newsletter.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#15 posted 10-02-2011 06:13 PM

I had a betterweekend than these 2 beavers. That tool box is 20” long for scale. I couldn’t get the pic of the chicken wire failure to post.The last pic shows how much damage they can do in less than a week. All of these trees have been girdled and you can also see stumps from previous beaver attacks.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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