Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

December 1975


The beaver (Castor canadensis), our largest North American rodent, is praised by many as being a natural conservationist; however, to others he is a destructive nuisance and pest. In many chronicles, the beaver is lauded to be one of the resources that speeded up the settling of our Great Northwest Territory. Certainly, such explorers as Lewis and Clark depended greatly upon the beaver hide for revenue as well as varter.