Beavers are large semi-aquatic rodents who are known for building dams to create beaver ponds, and lodges, in the newly created beaver pond. They build these quiet and oftimes deep ponds to protect their home and to easily transport food and building materials.
Beavers were nearly hunted to extinction in the last two hundred years but their numbers have greatly expanded in the past few decades. Their habitat stretches from one side of the United States to the other as well as most of Canada. They can seal their ears and nose in order to swim underwater as well as having a protective membrane covering their eye allowing them to see submerged. Beavers tend to spend most of their time in the water and are mostly active at night.
They sometimes build dams which can flood farmland, stands of timber, or pastures. When this happens they need to be trapped and removed so the land can be restored to productive use.
Beavers are the largest native rodent in North America and can weigh as much as 78 pounds and grow to a length of 3 and a half feet. It posses large webbed back feet while its front feet are clawed but have no webbing. The large powerful tail is hairless.