HOW TO DECEIVE A BEAVER (FOR A GOOD CAUSE)

Nedonna neighbors may have come up with a win-win-win solution after complaints about flooding resulted in the killing of beavers and otters.

Beavers are an integral part of Oregon coast wildlife. The pools behind their dams provide safe, cool habitat for young salmon and other fish and create a wetland that supports mammals, birds, crustaceans, and insects. The dams, however, can also cause problems for property owners by flooding yards and house foundations.

The Nedonna Beaver Group set about to find a solution to the conflict between beavers and homeowners so property can be protected without removing or killing the beavers. Our “Pond Leveler” project hired Jakob Shockey of Beaver State Wildlife Solutions to install a pond leveler (also called a “beaver deceiver”) in McMillan Creek in a beaver dam behind the house of a family who volunteered to try out the leveler.


Jakob arrived with all the equipment and with the assistance of local volunteers assembled the pond leveler and
 put it in pl
ace by rolling the cage over the creekside vegetation. The creek is very low now so the device is
expo
sed, but will be underwater when the fall rains come.



As you can see in the photo, a large flexible tube goes through the dam. The upstream end of the tube is in a cage located a distance from the dam so the beavers do not discover the source of the “leak” in their dam and close it off. The water level will be maintained low enough so it won’t flood the backyard, but high enough to provide protection for the beavers    

We’ll be monitoring the device to see if it works as it should to create the win-win-win situation: beavers can continue to live in the creek; the problems they can create for homeowners are gone; and all of us get the benefits of a healthy habitat for wildlife

If you would like to support this project, please consider volunteering or making a financial contribution to help pay for the installation. For more info about volunteering contact Suzanne Thompson (sthompson@pomona.edu) or Gillian Holbrook (gillianmholbrook@gmail.com). Financial contributions can be sent to Friends of Nedonna Marsh, PO Box 1486, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136. Checks should be made out to Friends of Nedonna Marsh with Beaver Project in the subject line. Friends of Nedonna Marsh is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.