Foot Hold Beaver Trapping Beaver Damage Michigan

Beaver Trapping


Nuisance beaver trapping in Michigan is best described as challenging. In many cases someone has already tried to catch the beaver and educated the animal making it more difficult to capture. I am not going to get into detail just skim the surface on trapping beavers and traps to use. We do not use any live traps as I have asked the DNRE in Michigan if I can catch and release the beavers in other water systems and they have told me no. The catch and the release of beavers in not recommended or allowed mainly due to stress of the beaver and placing them in an unknown area and potentially having to compete with other beavers in food source and territory, also possible spread of disease to other healthy beaver populations that will cause disease depredation.


Beaver Traps


Foothold Trap:

long spring or coil springs are basically the same.


These traps have two jaws that come together by the force of two long springs or sometimes four coil springs and restrain the foot of the beaver. When beaver trapping foot hold traps are effective in removing nuisance beavers. The effectiveness comes into play with the trapper experience and how the traps are set and placed. A foot hold trap is placed in areas that a beaver will visit, weather there is a food source, curiosity scent or even a territorial castor mound set or an artificial lure the trapper makes to catch the beaverís attention. A foot hold trap is usually placed to capture or restrain the beaver on a rear foot catch. In Michigan beaver trapping the foot hold trap is set on a drowning rig to quickly euthanize the animal when captured.


Conibear body grip 

Conibear traps come in many sizes. The trap of choice for me would be the 330 conibear trap that is extremely effective in blind sets, runs and on the ends of crossovers. The history of the conibear goes all the way back to the 50ís, it was designed with the animal rights groups in mind, believe it or not. When the first functional models came out the conibear would quickly and humanely kill target animals if set properly. Unfortunately the conibear has been given a bad rap due to non responsible trappers and improper sets killing residential pets. Conibear traps will kill any target or non target animals. The responsibility is in the trapper hands, and a good conscious thought on proper setting of the traps. More or less it comes down to this; the conibear trap is a very effective and humane lethal trap if used properly by conscious responsible trappers.




Snares can be used as a lethal trap or even a live trap if used correctly when beaver trapping, Michigan law allows us to use snares in nuisance work if we follow the furbearers laws and regulations.


Live traps


The most recognized live traps are a clamshell style traps. I have heard of people using larger cage style traps for beaver but the clamshell style is a very effective live trap when trapping beaver. In Michigan the use of a live trap for beaver trapping can be used, but the animal would still need to be euthanized as described above. 

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