MY 2 LEGGED BEAVER
This week a note about how to get rid of beavers with noise and why they build their dams higher and higher.
When beavers build their DIY dams it is to stop the flow of water and beavers do it primarily based on sounds. In fact, if you put a speaker with the sound of flowing water on the side of the pond where there is no water flowing outflow, they will build a dam there. So if you can address the sound component, you can control the beavers and their dam building much better.
- If you put a large pipe through the dam with the intake to the pipe 20ft or so up from the dam and the other end of the pipe below the dam significantly, beavers usually will not realize that the water intake is not being blocked, and because the beavers don't hear the sound of any more water flowing at their dam, the beavers stop building.
- There are many other ways to control and get rid of beaver dams, and we address them under our beaver pest category.
A note you will enjoy. Several years ago in Maine, we had to break apart a small beaver dam over a month or so and but never saw the beavers in action. We admired how good they were at using small rocks and logs and mud to rebuild what we tore apart.
Walking in quietly one weekend evening, we saw our beaver. He was kneeling in the water, his sneakers neatly on the bank, weaving logs and stones and pushing mud between them. When we approached, he just looked at us and kept working.
We asked him to stop and his answer was that the beavers were busy and had to finish rebuilding the area we had removed earlier.
We learned who he was later, a nearby resident of a group home, mentally retarded and who was responding to the challenge on behalf of the local beaver population.
How we finally got him to stop is a story for another day.