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The beaver do more than a little damage. I wouldnt doubt they provide as much warmth to our trout streams as dams do, as they knock down shade trees from stream banks.
I was visiting a good friend in the Nutmeg State last spring only to find a similar sight but with much thinner saplings. The resulting 16in high punji sticks put a bit of concern in me as my setter tore half way through the 50ft diameter area.
Beaver have been doing what beaver do for thousands of years. They do not cause damage they do beaver stuff. Everything worked out pretty good until the human experts (Probably Democrats) decided that there was a problem. If you do not want to be bothered by beavers doing what beavers do, do not build your house where they live or kill the ones around where you want to build your house. Such a simple resolution to the problem might bother a lot of people but it is the only one that works.
trapping (and no, not with those so-called "humane" traps) remains a good solution to beaver problems. yes, the fact that we now live in areas where beavers have always lived is part of the problem, but man, being at the top of the food chain, has always hunted, fished, and trapped. prudent management by means of regulated seasons and take limits serves both man and beast well. got a beaver problem? (and by "problem" i mean something that threatens the life of you or your livestock or your property) find a local trapper who will come in and help you out.
"Wild Trout and Beavers coexisted for many, many years."
and so have Jews and Arabs.
And in similar fashion the trout occupy the upper 3 miles of our stream and the beaver the lower 3 miles. The mile in between is much like Gaza but to date, no fatalities have been reported.
BD, I too have fished some enjoyable beaver ponds in northern Maine, but water temps are not as fragile there as they are in Pa.