Summer 2018 Report
Beaver - 2018
We started out this year without a Beaver trapper. After determining that our previous trapper had retired, the lake association hired Derek Nord to trap this summer.
Derek is a licensed trapper and has all the proper permits from the DNR to trap beaver in the the Nokasippi and the Clearwater Forest Aquatic Management for the purpose of water level management.
He spent time walking the Nokasippi watershed and evaluating the scope of our problem. This helped him to understand our beaver structure and determine the best approach resolving it.
He uses 2 types of traps, Conabear and leg traps. Please be aware that the traps are private property and distributing or interfering with a trap is illegal and can be dangerous.
The traps are installed on Friday night and removed on Sunday. It is a law that a trapper check and clear his traps every 24 hours for humane purposes.
The primary trapping is around the beaver dams. Although it is much appreciated, any volunteers that are pulling the beaver dams down should do so between Monday and Wednesday. This will allow the beavers time to rebuild and have the traps installed on by Friday. Derek has been breaking up the beaver dams on Sunday when he pulls his traps for the week.
Bogs are not new, however they have been particularly bad this year. The bog beds are damaged by people driving over the bogs near the boat launch in the winter. The damage causes pieces to break away from the shore and float down stream. Of course what is down stream are the culverts that then become blocked.
Some of these bogs have been removed, other are too large and have been pulled to the sides of the stream and staked down. Still others are so large the only way to work with them is to cut them into pieces.
The staked pieces eventually break away and become problems again. Unfortunately, these bogs are VERY heavy and hard to work with.
The Clearwater Lake Association Board requested a permit to have a professional remove some of the larger pieces. However, the approval process became to expensive and we are back to managing it by hand.