Description of Mountain Beavers
Mountain beavers are widely considered to be the world's most primitive living rodent species. Although they are not technically a "beaver", mountain beavers share enough similar traits to the beaver to be colloquially referred to as such, including habits like chewing on bark and causing destruction to tree limbs. Mountain beavers are elusive, damaging, and sometimes aggressive, causing serious damage especially to commercial properties in Seattle. Read more to find out how to identify a mountain beaver on your Seattle property and learn how to get rid of mountain beavers. Call our office today or contact us online to begin the mountain beaver removal process!
Mountain Beaver Appearance
So what exactly do mountain beavers look like? Like beavers, mountain beavers resemble large hamsters or a tailless muskrat.
- 12-14 inches long
- Weigh 2-3 pounds
- Small ears and eyes
- Short tails
- Large and curved front claws used for digging, grasping, and climbing
- Gray-red in color
Mountain Beaver Habitat—Where Do Mountain Beavers Live?
Mountain beavers create extensive burrows in their preferred habitat of damp forests, ferny slopes, and damp ravines in urban areas of King and Pierce counties. They have an herbivorous diet and will eat a wide variety of plants, both above ground, and underground.
Mountain Beaver Burrowing Habits
Burrows created by mountain beavers are quite comprehensive. The entire mountain beaver burrow will run 6-8 inches in diameter. Special chambers throughout the burrow will be used for nesting, feeding, storing food, or storing droppings. With 10 or more exits, mountain beavers are able to travel the majority of their distance underground. Unoccupied mountain beaver tunnels may be used by mice, moles, voles, rats, rabbits, weasels, minks, spotted skunks, and salamanders.
Mountain Beaver Damage
Mountain beavers can destroy the most beautiful arrangements in or around your Seattle area yard. Do you have any young trees or saplings that are consistently being chewed down? The answer to that question could very well be a mountain beaver. Saplings are one of their favorite foods and they will seek them out and chew them down. Some popular plants such as rhododendrons, also land on the mountain beavers' favorite foods list as well as many other plants. Due to their substantial amount of tunneling they can also cause sinkholes and mudslides. When the damage becomes this severe, it will take experts and professionals to resolve the situation.
Mountain Beaver Control
Critter Control of Seattle can trap and remove mountain beavers near your home or business. Our professional team of wildlife control technicians is experienced in safe removal and trapping methods. Once the mountain beaver is removed, Critter Control of Seattle will assess the situation and will create a plan of prevention. With severe damages, we will recommend contacting an eco-engineer for advice on how to proceed.
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