How to Remove Beaver from a Pond

Are you losing trees to nuisance beaver? If so this is a guide on how to remove beaver from your pond.


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    Look around. Before doing anything, it is important to do an inspection of the entire property for beaver sign such as: beaver dams, beavers chewing, castor mounds, and beaver slides. This will help identify which areas the beaver are using. The freshest chewing will be a light white color and still appear moist.
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    Once you have identified the high activity areas that the beaver are using, then decide if the problems they are causing are bad enough to result in removing the beaver. If you decide that the beaver must be removed you need to check your state laws to see if a permit is needed to remove the nuisance beaver.
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    After gaining all necessary permits, set up the area to trap beaver. Trapping is a specialized skill and is best learned first hand by a professional, but if you are going to do it yourself I suggest bringing a partner with you for safety.
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    Decide what type of trap you are going to use to remove the beaver. There are many different brands and types of traps but the four main options are: 1) Foot hold 2) Conibear 3) Snare 4) Cage or box trap. Once again you must check with your state regulations on what is a legal trap and method to use. In many states it is illegal to relocate beaver from the property they are captured at.
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    Once you have checked your state laws and regulations, set the trap that you have chosen. Location of trap is the same for all options, the best location is a slide or trail that has heavy sign and is worn down.The key is to not disturb the pond and surrounding area as much as possible. You do not want the beaver to notice or smell something new. The picture to the right is an example of a heavily used beaver slide. For this slide the best location is right at the waters edge on the bottom of the slide. When using a cage, box, or leg hold trap you should submerge them approximately 5 inches (12.7 cm) at the base of the slide. Your should secure the traps to a very strong point, in this picture the tree would be a good anchor. When using a conibear or a snare you should submerge half of them and anchor them to a solid point as well.
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    Once you have set the traps it is best to check them everyday, but once again each state has its own laws and regulations on how long between checking is allowed. Once you capture a beaver you should remove them and reset the trap until no new sign of beaver is in the area.
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    If new sign is still being seen, you should look for a new location and reset your trap on the sign. You can also your scent or bait to help bring beaver into your trap, although is not done properly it can scare the beaver. So only use lure or bait if you are not catching the beaver without.


  • Contact a professional for advice or help in the trapping process if this is totally new to you
  • Also calling your State Department of Fish and Game to help you understand the laws and regulations.


  • Setting traps in water that is deep or in areas that not many people are around can be dangerous. It is a good idea to always bring another person along to help.

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