Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Playing Chess with the Beavers

Blocking the culvert pipes from the outflow side was their last move.  I countered by, blocking off the outflow side with 6" square wire mesh.  This video shows their move and my next counter-move.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Fences Make Good Neighbors

Yesterday, after the latest attempts by the beavers to stem the flow of water through the culverts, I did some clearing of the pipes, as seen in yesterday's post.

As with the original problem, I contacted Mike Callahan and the folks at the Beaver Management Forum, and after speaking with Mike, we agreed that fencing around the outflow would do the trick. Here's the end result.

I have no doubt that they will do their best to stem the flow at the active pipe. However, the damming should be on the outside and easy to manage. The winter meld and spring rains, always present problems, but as summer progresses and the pond levels out, things usually quiet down.

Let's keep our fingers crossed.