Busy Beavers Make Themselves at Home

April 4, 2014

submitted by Jim Garvey

A new home recently appeared in our neighborhood, a huge beaver lodge on the northern edge of Robinson Pond in Garvey’s Cove, about 100 feet offshore.  The only access into the lodge is via one or two underwater entrances.  Prior to the appearance of the lodge, the furry little flat-tailed rodents deposited scent piles, called castor mounds, of mud, sticks and water-soaked leaves on our shore to stake their claim to the area.  Removing these piles off the beach proved fruitless as they would persistently reappear the following morning.

In the fall, several of our birch trees were felled for food to be stored in the lodge for winter consumption, so I used wire fencing to protect the remaining birch trees in the area.  Once the birches were no longer accessible, the beavers started chomping away on a couple of huge trees by the water (species unknown), at least two feet in diameter; no doubt in retaliation for blocking access to the birches.  Or maybe he was just showing off for the missus!

Normally two to four kits are born in the spring; they remain with the parents for two years and then are kicked out to fend for themselves.  Although we look forward to observing the kits if they appear this summer, we are also concerned about further damage to our property and surrounding land.  Beavers may have as much right as we humans do to live on this planet, but some compromise may need to be reached to ensure a harmonious coexistence.