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I’m at our cottage, opening up for the season and every year there’s a new problem. Our cottage is right on a lake and our shoreline is lined with many “mature” cedar trees. Not overly large, maybe up to 6” diameter. Our place is a couple of hundred yards from a channel that drains the lake and is the location of a beaver lodge.

When I was looking around the property I noticed the lower branches of the trees were missing. I thought maybe I trimmed last fall and forgot about them. Closer inspection revealed the beavers decided to chew the branches off. No real worry because it cleaned the property up a bit. Lol. Further inspection showed they actually took down a 5” diameter tree. Ba$tards!

I researched the internet and found that on the beavers list of favourite trees to chew, cedar was at the bottom of the list - lucky me 😩. Now I’m concerned they will take down all the trees on my shoreline.

Up here it’s legal to “remove” these critters if they’re causing damage to your property. I’ll have to research this further. I’d prefer to leave them alone, if they left me alone. Was wondering if anyone here has any experience with successfully discouraging beaver activity on their property.
 
I’m at our cottage, opening up for the season and every year there’s a new problem. Our cottage is right on a lake and our shoreline is lined with many “mature” cedar trees. Not overly large, maybe up to 6” diameter. Our place is a couple of hundred yards from a channel that drains the lake and is the location of a beaver lodge.

When I was looking around the property I noticed the lower branches of the trees were missing. I thought maybe I trimmed last fall and forgot about them. Closer inspection revealed the beavers decided to chew the branches off. No real worry because it cleaned the property up a bit. Lol. Further inspection showed they actually took down a 5” diameter tree. Ba$tards!

I researched the internet and found that on the beavers list of favourite trees to chew, cedar was at the bottom of the list - lucky me 😩. Now I’m concerned they will take down all the trees on my shoreline.

Up here it’s legal to “remove” these critters if they’re causing damage to your property. I’ll have to research this further. I’d prefer to leave them alone, if they left me alone. Was wondering if anyone here has any experience with successfully discouraging beaver activity on their property.
Beavers are the bane of man.
 
Bosco…you were a little hard on the Beaver!
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Well, beavers tend to leave when they find a new boyfriend. Especially if you stop buying 'em drinks.

More seriously, it's a shame to kill critters, but most of us have had to, and had to live with the disagreeable memories.

Game Warden said to me about lions (yes we have lions), and bears, and pigs> "shoot shovel shutup".

Same cop shot a man dead, 'cause he wanted to. And got away with it. Not nice fella.

Good luck.
 
The beaver’s handiwork. This tree is about 6” in diameter. Ba$tard knocked it down and just left it there. Would have thought the branches would have been removed. The trunk of the smaller tree in the foreground is nowhere to be found.

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More damage at the cottage upon closing it this week for the winter. 🤬 I wrapped several trees with wire mesh but ran out of material. I’m concerned they will take down more trees over the winter. May have to go back and wrap more trees but it’s a 450 mile round trip. I heard, but can’t confirm, there are sprays you can apply to the tree bark that might keep the rodents away.
 
More damage at the cottage upon closing it this week for the winter. 🤬 I wrapped several trees with wire mesh but ran out of material. I’m concerned they will take down more trees over the winter. May have to go back and wrap more trees but it’s a 450 mile round trip. I heard, but can’t confirm, there are sprays you can apply to the tree bark that might keep the rodents away.
I believe winter beaver pelts may still be valuable. Also, beavers aren’t bad to eat.
 
Did the round trip today. Left the house at 7:00am and got home 11:20pm. Got a lot of the trees (that I care about) wrapped with chicken wire. Hope it helps discourage the little ba$tards. Just thinking now, I should electrify the wire and put a nice ground mat at the base of the tree.😈. Does anyone here have experience with electric fences? Perhaps another option to keep the rodents away. Liability concerns?

Heres some of my not so handy work. I went for function, not looks. Lol.

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If you have a way to power an electric fence charger, why not? Solar, maybe?

No need for a ground mat, just use a really good ground rod (or two) at the charger and run a line to the trees in series. Be sure that the chicken wire on the trees doesn't touch the ground or it'll short out. Not sure if snow/ice will be an issue or not. Been a LONG time since I dealt with electric fences.

EDIT: Rethinking this, I suspect the chicken wire would need to be on insulators so as not to touch the tree bark or wet bark will likely short it out. Same with snow/ice. I'm checking with "experts" and will get back to you.
 
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Did the round trip today. Left the house at 7:00am and got home 11:20pm. Got a lot of the trees (that I care about) wrapped with chicken wire. Hope it helps discourage the little ba$tards. Just thinking now, I should electrify the wire and put a nice ground mat at the base of the tree.😈. Does anyone here have experience with electric fences? Perhaps another option to keep the rodents away. Liability concerns?

Heres some of my not so handy work. I went for function, not looks. Lol.
Good job! I believe that will be quite effective. Surprised the beavers are going after cedar; as you say, bottom of the list of preferred trees (as it is resinous). BTW, I have the same problem at my cottage...Dad used to sit on the dock on full-moon nights, a couple of refreshments at the ready as well as his .22. Open up the dam a little at dusk and the beavers come to fix it at night. You can guess the outcome!
 
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