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Beaver dams clogging up road culverts usually need to be removed or thinned out.

Chewed trees and stick lodges and
dams also are obvious signs of beaver
activity. I always pay close attention to
the dams in streams and rivers to see if
they are well maintained and if there
is recent activity along their edges. Active beavers maintain these dams every
night. Dams with large holes and no
fresh mud usually indicate beavers have
moved on from that location.
After finding beavers, the next step
is deciding what types of sets you'll use
and where you're going to put them.
Always make sure you know the trapping regulations before you set traps. If
you aren't sure about something, check
the annual Pennsylvania Hunting &
Trapping Digest or contact your local
Game Commission region office to get
the answers.
I like to use different types of traps
and sets for beavers. I usually let the
location and sign dictate where and
how I make my sets. If the beavers are
already using a slide or channel and
leaving the water to access food or a
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nearby waterway, I will often set a large
10- by 10-inch body-gripper or a snare
in that channel without any lure.
I usually use a subtle amount of camouflage to blend in the trap, because
I don't want to tip off the beaver. If I
need to guide the beaver in the channel, I may use some nearby dead logs
or branches to do so. I won't use live
branches, because I want the beaver to
pass by the guides, not eat them.
I also use body-grippers when I'm
trying to convince a beaver that another has entered its territory. With the
set I use, I make a castor mound of mud
and place some artificial castor gland
on top of it. The beaver's response
is usually one of aggression and the
beaver will move through the trap to
knock down the decoy castor mound.
For other sets, I like using snares made
from 3/32-inch aircraft cable that are
designed to slide closed when a beaver
swims through. These snares are lightweight, inexpensive and very hard to
see by the animal.
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