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  •  Your are right Ban Nock, Beavers are good guys for (10+ / 0-)

    the most part. Compared with many people, I think they do more good than bad.

    As more and more people build outside of towns and gentrify the country, I suppose they'll have more encounters with our buck toothed friends. I hope the beavers win.

    "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats ..." - Kenneth Grahame -

    by RonK on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 05:33:57 PM PST

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    •  Also beaver populations have made a strong (9+ / 0-)

      recovery and they are seen  in places they haven't been in a long time. In some cases people live in a place a lifetime and then all of a sudden their road is flooded out. I sure wish there were more of them in the forests and Wilderness. I blame cats and coyotes. Beaver can turn a creek that is a maybe ten yard wide riparian zone into one a hundred or more yards wide with a huge variety of plants and animals.

      “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

      by ban nock on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 06:53:30 PM PST

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      •  I'm curious what you're basing this on. (8+ / 0-)
        I blame cats and coyotes.
        I suspect you're referring to mountain lions when you say cats and we don't have those here in Mo.( other than very rare strays that wander in every few years), but we have a healthy population of coyotes and bobcats and the beaver population is flourishing right alongside them. And there's also the fact that beavers were common throughout wilderness areas long before man decimated the predator populations. Just wondering if you'd seen evidence of it or just going on a hunch. I agree that beavers create fantastic habitat that benefits many species of wildlife.

        Just give me some truth. John Lennon

        by burnt out on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 07:13:26 PM PST

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        •  They've no other predator I know of, and when (4+ / 0-)

          introduced to new areas they flourish. Yet some places I see dams yet the next creek over nothing... Could be trapping. We don't' have wolves. I do know beaver are very susceptible to predation when on land chewing trees. In the water they're much safer. Might be why signs of chewing only seemed to occur at night.

          There's very little data for all species like this as it costs so much. I fund studies on lynx, mountain lions, elk, mule deer, jumping mice, and ferrets, but lately we've had to cut back  spending to meet budgets. Collaring it'self is pricey, and we try to keep a constant number of biologists on salary. People don't like to come work as contract workers as much. Some of the counties and municipalities have stepped up to fund coyote studies, but there's only so much to go around.

          “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

          by ban nock on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 06:43:03 AM PST

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      •  Right. From what I have been reading, they are (7+ / 0-)

        making a huge comeback so we can probably expect to hear more complaints as they move back in to what used to be their element.

        "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats ..." - Kenneth Grahame -

        by RonK on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 07:14:36 PM PST

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