Landowner-reported Beaver Damage in the Arkansas Delta

Landowner perceptions of damage caused by beavers (Castor canadensis) in the Arkansas Delta were determined by mail survey. Beavers were reported on lands owned by 64% of the 460 respondents. Blocked culverts, flooded row crops, and girdled timber were the most common forms of damage. Of those with beavers on their lands, 90% requested decreased populations and 72% had tried removing beavers. Many landowners were unfamiliar with accepted control methods and where to get assistance. Landowners most often requested information on controlling beavers (49%) and demonstration of control techniques (47%). Coordinating assistance programs among several agencies, emphasizing education and demonstration, and loaning traps might improve landowner assistance programs.

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