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|Beaver Damage Management
and Flood Control
|To promote and encourage good stewardship, beaver trapping in New Jersey is limited to the regulated trapping seasons as
designated by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. During the winter months of the regulated trapping season, the
beaver, as a resource, has a value in its meat and fur. Although this is a difficult concept for many people to understand, the
Division requires that anyone involved in the lethal trapping of beaver obtains a special permit for trapping during the regulated
winter season. The State wildlife biologists maintain data and statistics on the beaver population and manage the annual quantity
of trapping permits made available to the public.
If the population of any wildlife species in New Jersey is indicated by the amount of wildlife killed on New Jersey roads,
beavers are becoming an abundant species. In the last year, the animal control officers at Garden State Wildlife Control have
encountered four dead beavers in two separate areas of Sussex County, in addition to the multiple areas of flooding and damage
to trees. The results of damaging beaver activity, which include acres of dead trees secondary to flooding, and completely
girdled tree bases and fallen trees, have been personally observed throughout Sussex County and Morris County. Vast areas of
flooding have threatened JCP&L power stations, wastewater treatment plants, and railroads throughout Northern New Jersey.
Beaver activity has been observed by GSWC in suburban areas where most residents have never seen beaver activity in their
lifetimes; activity such as observed in Wharton and Denville.
|New Jersey beavers can cause extensive damage to private and public property as a result of their nature. The nature of beavers in
New Jersey is not unlike that of man; they will use local resources to modify their environment to create a suitable habitat for survival.
Understanding that humans and beaver must not only share the same resources but share the same environment, Garden State Wildlife
Management and Animal Control has assumed a leading role in responsible management of beavers in New Jersey. As the New Jersey
beaver population continues to flourish, conflicts between these remarkable animals and humans are increasing annually.
The mission of Garden State Wildlife Control is to provide professional, responsible management of beaver damage and beaver flood
control in New Jersey. Our New Jersey State Certified Animal Control Officers will perform a site assessment for management of
beaver dams throughout New Jersey, and develop a plan which will expedite an alternative method to lethal control and evaluate the
need for beaver trapping on privately owned land in New Jersey. Since population control methods are limited or restricted for most of
the year, treatment of the symptoms (dam construction and flooding) is an immediately available alternative.
|The Clemson Beaver Pond Leveler
Developed at Clemson University, South Carolina, installation of one or more devices can effectively manage water levels due
to beaver activity. These devices outsmart the beaver by permitting the water level to drain, undetected by the animal. The
habitat can be modified to reduce flooding to a tolerable level, or completely drain the pond to discourage use of the area.