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Wildlife & Birds

Beavers - Castor canadensis.  Beavers are the largest native rodent in North America.  The adults are quite large with some weighing close to 75 pounds.  They have large front teeth, both top and bottom which they use to chew down trees used for food and nest building.  They are considered a pest when they destroy desirable trees, dam up streams which creates flooded areas that may not need to be flooded.  Once an area is sufficiently flooded, the beaver will build a “lodge” in the middle which is used as living quarters.  Trapping is usually necessary to remove beavers from an unwanted area and should only be done by qualified people.