ENVIRONMENT YUKON






American Beaver

Castor canadensis

Order Rodentia
Family

Castoridae

 

Beaver

Stephane Hachey

Also known as: Beaver

Fast Facts

Distribution of American Beaver in Yukon
Length 50 cm
Weight 23 kg
Lifespan 15 years
Habitat waves waves
Predators River Otters, wolves, bears, humans

Conservation Status

Yukon S5 (Secure)
Global G5 (Secure)
Yukon population estimate: Not determined

 

Description

Behaviour

Beavers are famous for their impressive lodges and effective dams.  Dams can be 3 metres high and hundreds of metres long, effectively blocking off streams to create a pond.  Lodges are a mound of logs and mud with a nesting chamber inside that is accessed through an underwater tunnel.   Inside the lodge, a pair of beavers that have mated for life will raise their pups. 

Diet

Twigs, leaves and buds, or gnaw at soft inner bark.

                  

Sights and sounds

chewed log

Beaver lodge in the middle of a pond

Signs

Stump chewed by beaver

Signs

Beaver lodge in pond

 

Beaver track font footBeaver track hind foot, webbed

 

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Tracks

Front: 7.5 x 7 cm Hind: 12.5 x 13.8cm

Sound

Tail Slap

 

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