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BEAVERS

Discussion in 'Flora & Fauna' started by Scoman, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. Scoman

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    Hey guys we have beavers near to my home in Scotland. They were introduced a number of years ago but are slowly expanding. They're not a pest (yet) and it's a major novelty. Does anyone know of a good resource as to the nature of them such as, when they're out and about, good place for camera traps, do they always return to a tree once they start in on it etc. I'd really like to observe them and get some photo's and videos. If they get a good foothold and there's lots of them I'd also like to try some beaver stew ! ;-)
     
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    Beavers are fascinating and captivating to watch. Around here they are often very active at dusk and at nightI do see them during daylight but most often right before da. If you can find their lodge you could set up nearby and watch for them. A good spot for a camera trap would be outside a lodge entrance or overlooking a slide. They often use the same points to enter/exit the water and when crossing dams or other obstructions. They'll actually create a muddy runway that you can see pretty easily. It will often be littered with pieces and parts of saplings and vegetation the they drop while moving it to their lodge. Another option, assuming it is lawful, is to knock out a section of their dam and place a camera overlooking that spot. Beavers are VERY industrious and will often repair the damaged spot overnight.
     
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    At some point when the babies get older they will be kicked out of the den and have to find thier own pond/river. I was driving to work one night and right there waddling down the middle of the road was a hound beaver. Dusk and night time are most active as stated earlier in the responses. Beavers can be very destructive and the novelty may start to wear off.
     
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    They take a woods and make of it a pond with barren margins.
     
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    Can sometimes catch them on the water at dawn.
    If they do any trapping in your area there may be gland scent you can buy. Put this on a stick along the slide and you will likely get their attention for more pictures.
    Anise oil probably would do the same.
     
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    Where beaver are living they can be pulled ashore by bait sticks. Here beaver eat Aspen, so I shave the bark off a couple of green inch thick by eighteen long branches, then add a couple more green untouched branches about the same size; all this at water's edge. Br'er beaver sees the peeled branches, and comes to see who's been there feeding, then stays to eat the bark off the other branches.

    Of course, I put a trap in front of these setups for I want the fur, castors, oil glands, and meat. No reason the same set wouldn't work for photography as well,,,
     
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    oh, I thought this thread was about something else. nevermind:D
     
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    In my travels, I've seen beavers out & about during all times of the day. As far as the animal goes however, I've seen them close to dawn & dusk.
     

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