Beaver were once almost killed off but now are very common in all habitats with open water. The beaver is the largest rodent found in North America. Beavers will range in weight from 20 to 80 pounds and vary in length up to almost four feet in length. Their fur is made up of underfur and guard hair similar to an otter’s fur. The fur color is primarily brown but can have variations from chestnut to black. Beavers are known for their large scaled tail and their large front teeth. Since they primarily live in water, a beaver’s ears, nose, and lips will seal while underwater. This feature allows them to stay underwater for extended periods of time. Beavers will build their own environment by building dams. A beaver’s home can be either a large domed beaver lodge made up of sticks and mud or bank dens where they tunnel into banks or rivers, lakes and ponds.
Since beavers can create their own environment by building dams, they become a nuisance when their environment begins to flood other areas. The flooding can affect forests, fields and even residential property. Beavers living on large bodies of water may become a nuisance when they find the some type of tree or plant they like to eat on your property or decide to make a bank den under your property.