11 Oct

We’ve Got Beaver Problems

We arrived at the cottage and noticed that a 30ft tree was down and leaning against the roof. At first I thought there must have been a windstorm however upon further inspection I discovered a Beaver had taken it. I pulled the tree off the roof with plans to clean it up in the morning.

The morning arrived and I went out to clean up the tree. Well, the tree is missing. Where did it go? It was a 30 ft high poplar tree and it disappeared overnight! Fast-forward to  the next morning and I noticed another tree is down. We are dealing with super power Beaver. At this point I decided I better wrap the trees or he is going to keep taking them. After wrapping the trees I set up my trail-cam on one of the wrapped trees thinking he will surely come back to this area. I really wanted to get some photos of this magnificent creature.


So after setting up my trail-cam I come out the next morning to find the tree that had the camera mounted on it is now on the ground. This tree was wrapped with a hard plastic mesh however the Beaver dug down into the soil and took the tree down. He is a spiteful Beaver – LOL. This is tree #3 that he has taken within a few days. At this point I still have no photos of this creature. Fortunately he left this tree and I was able to recover my camera and some nice photos of the sky. The next day I found this 20 ft tree floating in the lake some 200 ft away.


I attempted to photograph the Beaver 4 times and could not get a decent shot. I was using IR settings with video and JPG photo setup. He is a very stealthy Beaver. After I setup my tripod I later returned and mounted the camera to a piece of wood. I was worried he may take the entire tripod and camera home.

Finally after 5 attempts I got many shots of this magnificent creature. He is a big boy and a very diligent worker. We have searched the area looking for some evidence of where he’s coming from but have found no clues thus far. After wrapping all of the poplar trees I have seen no further evidence of Mr. Beaver. I’m sure he is not far away and some neighbor is now enjoying their own adventure.

beaver1_600We learned a lot about Beavers. If they become a nuisance you can live trap them however they can only be moved 1km away. Apparently they don’t do well outside of their established domain and may end up fighting with other Beavers for the territory. The Ministry does allow Beavers to be harvested by a licensed trapper if they are causing destruction to your property. They are magnificent creatures and live throughout the Muskoka area. Controlling Beavers on Private Land.

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  1. Victoria says:

    This is incredible! They are such intelligent creatures. I have a cottage a little bit down the river towards Rosseau and have spotted a beaver (maybe the same one?!) swimming along the shore three times in the past year. We’ve also found the remains of trees he’s chewed away but nothing remotely close to the size of the trees he took down on your property.

    I find it comforting that these types of animals still live in Muskoka. With all the boat traffic on the lakes and the destruction of forests to build cottages, I often wonder about the effects we’re having on the environment here. The presence of animals like beavers is a sign that the eco-system is still in somewhat decent shape, even if they are sometimes a nuisance!

  2. Megan Sweeting says:

    That’s astounding, I also saw one swim by this summer under our steps at the dock with a piece of greenery in its mouth and it turned in next door. Now I’m curious about what may be going on nearby.

  3. Ed Boutilier says:

    They certainly are amazing creatures. I’m told that the population has grown over the past few years. I read the average beaver takes about 216 trees per year.

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