Summary and Recommendations
Unlimited beaver populations can be detrimental to riparian habitats. Likewise, removing beavers completely from an area can eliminate a natural component of an ecosystem that is important to many species of animals and plants. Management cannot embrace total protection or reduction of beaver populations, but discretionary management that promotes adequate harvest where conflict occurs or protection where habitat enhancement is needed for other multiple uses.
Proper beaver management is an emotional and difficult issue for natural resource managers, farmers, ranchers, and others who are interested in the aesthetic values of riparian habitats. Beaver management should be used to enhance water resources and riparian habitat according to site-specific management objectives. Landowners should consult local representatives of the University of Wyoming Agricultural Extension Service and Wyoming Game and Fish Department for assistance in developing management plans for beavers on their land.
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