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Mountain Beavers

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  • The mountain beaver is about young opossom size, with blackish-brown fur and a stubby tail. Their vision is poor, and they will walk right by you if you don't move.
  • It's not really a beaver and it doesn't always live in the mountains! But once it invades your landscape, it's for sure you'll want it gone.
  • In the coastal northwest, they prefer to dig tunnel homes (six to eight inches in diameter) in sandy hillsides or forested areas with lots of tree and leaf debris on the ground to increase their safety. It's not uncommon to see as many as 10 or more burrow entrances belonging to a single burrow system.
  • Forest undergrowth normally provides all they need to eat, which includes ferns, ivy, oregon grape, salmonberry and huckleberry, vine maples, underground tree roots, tree seedlings, and salal among other plants. However, residential landscape plantings are also very attractive to them as well, especially rhododendron, azalea and a long list of juicy greens like dalhias, peonies and gladiolas. You will find plants cut off at ground level and simply missing from your yard. Rhodys will have the ends of individual branches cut off and missing.
  • Fencing is sometimes employed to keep them out, but in most cases is not an appropriate solution due to practicality, cost or aesthetics. Trey can effectively remove them by trapping, followed by caving in burrow entrances to allow for future monitoring.
  • As their offspring begin to reach maturity, they leave the parent colony and will establish a new burrow system elsewhere, or re-inhabit an old system if available. So it pays to keep an eye on old burrow systems on your property, to confirm any new arrivals as soon as possible before they do damage to your plants.
  • The presence of burrow systems on or near your property can pose another problem as well, since rats and mice will often cohabit with mountain beaver. The nearness of higher rodent populations could bring greater pressure to feed near you house, or eventually gain entrance to it.
  • The presence of burrows on steeper slopes can lead to serious surface soil destabilization and the loosening of tree root systems.


Call Trey's Wildlife Trapping today for help with mountain beaver.