This is a warning.
They’re an iconic Canadian symbol. One of the best things about Muskoka is up close and personal experience with wildlife. But beavers, though a token Canadian species can be incredibly harmful to your landscape.
We have had an incredible amount of beaver damage this year. It is fairly normal to have some beaver activity, especially over the winter, but many of our island projects have taken a serious hit all throughout this season.
The bad news is there isn’t a whole lot that can be done to stop beaver activity. Our only trick is to wrap the tree branches with wire fencing materials that don’t allow the the animals to get through to the trunks to take them down.
Beavers will typically take softwood trees (maples, birches, oaks, etc) – though it has happened that they’ve taken hardwood trees such as pines.
The key is to catch beaver activity as early as possible – when you see they’ve been munching on the property it is then time to wrap the trees to protect from further damage.
True pests these Canadian icons – here’s hoping they’re not bugging you!