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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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Living with Beavers

Living with Beavers

Conservation and Proactive Management

(p.191) Chapter 21 Living with Beavers
The Beaver

Dietland Müller-Schwarze

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on beaver conservation and proactive management. Management of beaver populations is necessary. Where beavers are rare, reintroductions as well as the conservation of beavers and the restoration of their habitat are called for. Burgeoning beaver populations, on the other hand, require proactive management to prevent adverse consequences such as flooding and damage to trees. In either case, the main challenge is how to conserve functioning wetlands. This chapter discusses some of the important things to consider in beaver management, such as how large we should allow the beaver populations to be, or where we should permit beavers to settle and stay. It also describes the components of proactive beaver management, along with beaver behavior that we have to know for effective management. Finally, it emphasizes the importance of knowing the population genetics of beavers for management and conservation.

Keywords:   beaver, conservation, proactive management, reintroductions, beaver populations, wetlands, beaver management, beaver behavior, population genetics

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