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Beaver reproduction #6945011
07/27/20 11:17 PM
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I caught a pair of depredation beaver. Male 47lb Female 39 lb. I wonder if they have any young hanging around. Does a females teats retreat in size to barely detectable by feel even if she nursed young in the spring?

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07/28/20 02:02 PM
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this is something I have always struggled to figure out myself. Last year I was working a beaver damage case in October and there was a lot of damage. Night #1 I caught a 45 pound male in a crossover and never had one more ounce of sign there. I would have swore and bet money that there would have been a pair and a small litter at least. I continued to trap for a week and a half following the catch and there was zero sign of anything new and nothing ever arised later in the year. It was odd to me that it was only a lone male. On another hand i have caught 6 beaver on a creek where there was hardly any sign and only one small dam about 2 feet wide. It was hard to tell there was really anything there at all without getting down and checking out what the little log jam looked like. This is something that i need to get better at identifying and working on. Interested to see what others say on your question as it is something i surely dont know.


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Re: Beaver reproduction [Re: Ole] #6945467
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It is my understanding that most beaver kits are weaned by three weeks of age. I have seen beaver kits swimming around as early as mid April here. Below are a couple of pictures of local beavers.

Three generations: Adult female, one year old, that year kit. (Pictures were taken some years ago)

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Smallest beaver kit that I have caught alive.
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Note to self- Engage brain before opening mouth (or hitting the ENTER key/SUBMIT button).

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Re: Beaver reproduction [Re: Ole] #6947753
07/30/20 12:42 PM
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If she had young this spring tits would be more pronounced. Most likely new pairing this year.
Then again I am nothern and higher elevation

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Re: Beaver reproduction [Re: Trapper Don] #6948565
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That's kind of what I was thinking Trapper Don. I am at 5200' and I believe kits are born starting about mid May.

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