Thursday, January 15, 2009

What is that in your living room?


Uxbridge Beavers take over!

Beavers are a very fascinating animal as they provide numerous benefits for our environment for example: beaver ponds support many types of species, many of which are threatened or endangered and their survival is relied entirely on the pond created by the beaver. Beavers also provide stability in the environment by protection of drought, recharging of aquifers, they decrease erosion as well as remove pollutants from ground water and more.

The Castor Canadensis aka. The Beaver is the largest rodent in North America and are similar to us more than you could imagine. They have an uncanny ability to alter their habitat to suit their own needs. Native Americans had an enormous amount of respect for largest rodent in North America, so much so that they were known to them as "The Little People". Another interesting fact about Castor Canadensis is that their teeth never stop growing, chewing on trees and others hard woods produces razor sharp cutting instruments "teeth" that they use to alter or create the environment suitable for their survival and their needs.

The tail of a beaver is used in many fascinating ways and is important for almost everything a beaver does.

What list below would best describe what a beaver uses its tail for?

A. Carrying mud, rutter when swimming, keeping young warm,
hitting predators for protection.

B. Rutter when swimming, blocking holes in damn temp. blockage, making
waves for young to play & adapt, storing fat.

C. Storing fat for winter, rutter when swimming, prop when standing upright, slapping against water to warn others in play.

D. Patting down birthing areas, keeping young warm, rutter for swimming, packing
mud into damns.
In the column to the right of this blog you can choose your anwer.

Like most wildlife in our world beavers serve and important purpose but need to be managed or controlled when the equation of human health and living with wildlife is no longer in balance.

Precision Wildlife's technician Mark responded to an ongoing beaver issue with residents form Uxbridge, MA. The problem was the water had started to take over their land and if left alone they would be leaving their house every day in a canoe. After a sight evaluation and discussion with the The Town Uxbridge we were granted a 10-day emergency permit to remove beavers with traps otherwise deemed illegal in the state of MA.

Mark couldn't be happier, he was going to work everyday with a kayak on the truck and he was on the hunt. 10 days turned into a 30-day permit from Mass Wildlife, even though we did not need all 30 days, we trapped 6 beavers from this "Little People" made pond and peace seems to be stored for these Uxbridge residents for the time being.
For additional information on beaver management and removal call the wildlife profesionals at


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

2008 New Hampshire Business Expo

The 2008 business to business expo held in Laconia, NH was certainly a highlight for Precision Wildlife in 2008. We had a great opportunity to get our name out there and we took full advantage of that with trap setting demonstrations, small video presentations, and raffling off of everything from bat houses to skunk teddy bears.

Wildlife in general seems to draw a lot of curiosity and it didn't differ at this expo, we spoke with many different people and most have had some kind of run in with little critters or some flying mammals otherwise known as the Bat....

I truly enjoyed listening to all the different wildlife stories people had to tell and more importantly was very excited about educating people, to the best of my ability, on wildlife and its proper management and removal in necessary. I was pleasantly surprised to see how peoples views on bats and their importance to our Eco system have changed over the 10 years that I have been around this industry.

Steve and Julie did a great job with our booth presentation as it seemed to draw many curious people, or maybe it was the conibear 330 or the coyote footholds that got their attention. I was very apprehensive about displaying these traps at first and even worse I was a nervous wreck about Steve demonstrating them. O.K. I wasn't that nervous about Steve demonstrating them but he seems to be the poster boy for Aflack accidental insurance. Trap demonstration went well and Steve had all his fings in good working condition even though he did get a thumb caught in the foothold when noone was looking.

Precision Wildlife is looking forward to more expos in 2009' and plenty of continued critter chasin' all around the Lakes Region and the rest of New Hampshire and Maine this year.
Check out the video of Steve and his foothold demonstration, sorry but I didn't have the camera on when he got his thumb stuck, maybe next time!



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