Section 11-0505 of the “Fish and Wildlife Law” states that no person is allowed at any time to disturb a beaver’s dam, house or den without written permission from the DEC.
Westchester Wildlife is authorized by NYS DEC to address permit-based issues pertaining to managing beaver-related damage.
The impoundments created by beavers provide valuable wildlife habitat for assorted furbearer and waterfowl species. In this way, the beaver provides valuable ecological benefits to the public at large. On the other hand, the beaver’s dam building activity can result in widespread flooding of woodlands and agricultural land and cause numerous complaints by plugging road culverts, flooding roads, railroad tracks and causing general property damage concerns.
Reduced wild land availability and a market change in attitude concerning fur-wearing products has resulted in increased growth of the beaver population. This has forced the beaver to find refuge in any pond, lake or river that will house them. Increasingly, beaver are finding their way to water privately owned.
Beaver trapping, (or any other fur bearer), is a viable solution but requires a valid New York fur trapping license and a nuisance permit in the off season.
NOTE: Many state and local governments regulate trapping of wild or nuisance animals. Call Westchester Wildlife for all beaver trapping.
The beaver is the largest rodent in North America with adults ranging from 35 to 46 inches long (including a flattened 12-18 inch tail) and weighing from 45 to 60 pounds. Beaver weighing over 100 pounds have been recorded. The hind feet are very large with 5 long webbed toes. Front feet are small and dexterous, which allows the beaver to carry dam construction material such as stones and sticks.
A beaver is attracted to running water. Their favorite food is Aspen but they are happy to eat virtually any other species of tree.
Beavers are rodents (like mice and rabbits) and their teeth keep growing all of their lives. For a Beaver to stop chewing and wearing down its teeth means certain death. Their teeth will grow and the beaver will be unable to chew or eat.
If you have any problem regarding wildlife, please contact us or call at (800) 273-6673.