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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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“Nuisance Beavers” Claim Their Land

“Nuisance Beavers” Claim Their Land

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(p.178) Chapter 19 “Nuisance Beavers” Claim Their Land
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The Beaver
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Dietland Müller-Schwarze

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450105.003.0019

This chapter examines the impact of the so-called “nuisance beavers” on the landscape. It argues that “nuisance beaver” is a misnomer, since damage to crops, tree plantations, roads, water supplies, and recreational facilities such as golf courses and campgrounds results from human encroachment on the beaver's habitat, not the other way around. It also considers how the beaver's recent spectacular expansion of its range southward from wilderness to developed land has intensified the conflict between humans and animals. It shows that the beaver causes economic losses by flooding and softening roads as well as flooding often tens of acres of farmland and golf courses. Finally, it asks whether the beaver can help in the fight against acid precipitation or contributes more to the acidification of many bodies of water.

Keywords:   nuisance beaver, beaver, habitat, developed land, humans, flooding, acid precipitation, acidification

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