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Strange Beaver Hide-Damage #6718122
01/05/20 11:26 PM
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Hey all,
I just started trapping beavers this week and I snared one with some strange damage. At least, strange to me. I searched around for some similar marks made on catches and I probably wasn't searching the right thing but I didn't find any similar marks. No sharp sticks or rocks around my set for the beaver to roll itself onto. It almost looks to me like some sort of raptor got after the beaver when it was hung up in the snare. I have heard owls in the area, not sure if this is their calling card though. Try to disregard the sloppy knife work, it's only the second beaver i've clean skinned. But none of the holes in the picture (except a nick close to an edge) are from my knife. Any ideas on what could've done this or how I could try and limit this from happening?

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Re: Strange Beaver Hide-Damage [Re: EastGonzo99] #6718124
01/05/20 11:28 PM
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Look like normal beaver bite marks. If you caught it at a castor mound and the beaver could reach the mound, they get bit up.

Re: Strange Beaver Hide-Damage [Re: EastGonzo99] #6718127
01/05/20 11:29 PM
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They get territorial, especially in the spring, and fight each other. The bite marks you see are from another beaver.

To reduce them in the future? It's part of beaver trapping, but a few things below...
Trap and keep beaver numbers lower so there is not as much fighting for teritory.
Trap earlier in the season. The later it gets, the worse the biting can be.
Get the beaver dead and underwater so other beavers dont have a chance to bite them when in a trap.


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Re: Strange Beaver Hide-Damage [Re: Mike Kelly] #6718129
01/05/20 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike Kelly
They get territorial, especially in the spring, and fight each other. The bite marks you see are from another beaver.

Wow, that was my first thought but I didn't think they would get after eachother like that! Thanks for the reply, I'll definitely take your advice.

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Re: Strange Beaver Hide-Damage [Re: EastGonzo99] #6718140
01/05/20 11:46 PM
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Snaring beaver on land is no good,Besides what you see there the snare will also damage the fur as the beaver struggles.
Use a 330 with a long wire so he can flip into deep water, or a foothold on a drowner.If you want to snare beaver,snare them under ice,or drown them with tangle stakes.

Re: Strange Beaver Hide-Damage [Re: EastGonzo99] #6718170
01/06/20 01:18 AM
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I agree with boco.


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Re: Strange Beaver Hide-Damage [Re: EastGonzo99] #6718182
01/06/20 03:39 AM
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At one time I counted the number of holes like that I had in a particular beaver, there were 32 of them. That will happen occasionally when they die in a trap of some sort and they're not completely submerged.


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Re: Strange Beaver Hide-Damage [Re: EastGonzo99] #6718188
01/06/20 05:39 AM
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What Boco said.

Re: Strange Beaver Hide-Damage [Re: EastGonzo99] #6718215
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If beaver are being sold for the hatter trade does damage like that matter?


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Re: Strange Beaver Hide-Damage [Re: Fishdog One] #6718222
01/06/20 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Fishdog One
If beaver are being sold for the hatter trade does damage like that matter?

This is how I feel. If I was trapping strictly for fur instead of cowboy hats I would use boco's methods....although I would be hard pressed to find ice.


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Re: Strange Beaver Hide-Damage [Re: EastGonzo99] #6718307
01/06/20 09:02 AM
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Good info here - I had no idea beavers will go after each other, but then again I've seen it with other animals - especially raccoons - when their numbers get way to high.


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Re: Strange Beaver Hide-Damage [Re: EastGonzo99] #6718317
01/06/20 09:21 AM
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Those marks are all made while the beaver was in the snare, could be he just left a butt kicking session but I wouldn't put money on it, you can tell by the bruising around the cuts.

Re: Strange Beaver Hide-Damage [Re: Fishdog One] #6718318
01/06/20 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Fishdog One
If beaver are being sold for the hatter trade does damage like that matter?

If it matters or not...they'll tell you it does. They buy low


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