Can I trap and relocate problem beavers? in Maryland | Beaver

Can I trap and relocate problem beavers?

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Live trap for removal of Beaver

The live trapping and translocation of beaver is generally not recommended and illegal in many states. Relocated beavers rarely stay in the area they are released and could cause problems in other areas. Survival of relocated beavers is often low, since they are unfamiliar with food resources and the best habitats are already occupied by other beavers who defend their territories. Lastly, moving beaver in the fall, affects their ability to develop an adequate food cache for the winter, potentially resulting in starvation.

Therefore, live trapping and translocation is generally a poor solution for resolving human-beaver conflicts.. Live traps suitable for capturing beavers are expensive, cumbersome to use, and require professional expertise. In most states, any trap used is required to be checked daily.

Laws and regulations to be aware of

Regulations for Maryland

Trapping Beaver

In Maryland, beavers may only be trapped by licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators at any time of the year or by licensed trappers during the open season for trapping beaver.

While we attempt to provide guidance about state and federal regulations pertaining to specific species and control techniques, we do not provide information about local jurisdictions (city, town, county, etc.) where regulations may be more restrictive, especially as it applies to discharge of firearms, transport of animals or use of trapping equipment. Contact your local city or county government to inquire further. No guarantee is made that information (or lack of information) associated with a species or control technique is completely accurate or current. You should become familiar with federal, state and local laws before beginning any wildlife control activities.

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