The use of legal, regulated, trapping by licensed trappers can be useful for reducing local wildlife populations and can help reduce nuisance problems in Massachusetts.
How to control the water level behind a beaver dam in Massachusetts | Beaver
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How to control the water level behind a beaver dam
Water control structures or beaver deceivers offer an opportunity to reduce conflicts by lowering or maintaining the water levels in a pond, while sustaining the structure and function of the wetland habitat as well as an active beaver population.
A beaver deceiver pipe runs under or through a beaver dam, allowing the beavers to dam the stream while maintaining the depth of the beaver “pond” at an acceptable level. Water level control devices require maintenance to remove debris. State and local laws restrict work in wetlands and permits may be required.
Laws and regulations to be aware of
Regulations for Massachusetts
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.