Why are beavers eating my trees?
Where did my trees go?? The constant complaint of homeowners planting trees and the all of a sudden, they are GONE! Nothing left but a little nub sticking out of the ground, the only reminder that a tree was once there. This is usually the handy work of the largest rodent in North America..The Beaver! We have some additional pages dedicated to beaver trapping here.
Beavers are not "eating" the trees when they take them off of your land, they are simply piling them up in a common place so they can utilize them in the winter months. This is called a food cache'
Beavers tend to store soft trees such a Maple trees, birch trees and pear trees. these types of trees are easy to "peel" the bark off of. This cache will be the only food source
Here is the way wicki describes a beaver: The beaver (genus Castor) is a primarily nocturnal, large, semi-aquatic rodent. Castor includes two extant species, the North American beaver (Castor canadensis) (native to North America) and Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) (Eurasia). Beavers are known for building dams, canals, and lodges (homes). They are the second-largest rodent in the world (after the capybara). Their colonies create one or more dams to provide still, deep water to protect against predators, and to float food and building material. The North American beaver population was once more than 60 million, but as of 1988 was 6–12 million. This population decline is the result of extensive hunting for fur, for glands used as medicine and perfume, and because the beavers' harvesting of trees and flooding of waterways may interfere with other land uses