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The BeaverIts Life and Impact$
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Dietland Muller-Schwarze

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450105

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450105.001.0001

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Where They Live and Why

Where They Live and Why

Habitat Requirements

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(p.116) Chapter 13 Where They Live and Why
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The Beaver
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Dietland Müller-Schwarze

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450105.003.0013

This chapter discusses a beaver's habitat requirements. In an otherwise arid environment, beavers can thrive if watercourses provide riparian vegetation. Ths is the case in Arizona where cattails, willows, and other plants form lush vegetation in a narrow strip along streams. The water hardly freezes in winter, and along many streams there is no conflict between beavers and humans. If given a choice, beavers prefer less steep terrain and diverse vegetation. Water is very important to beavers. Without water, the best food supply will not attract them. Beavers need a reliable food supply but are quite flexible in this regard. This chapter considers how beavers choose a temporary habitat and how they cope with flooding. It also looks at the beavers' tendency to recolonize former beaver habitat that is now occupied or used by humans, such as suburbs, golf courses, and shopping centers.

Keywords:   beaver, habitat, riparian vegetation, water, food supply, flooding

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