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    I don’t hunt lakes very often and last year I found a spot that had many ducks and some geese. They were close to an active beaver lodge. I want to hunt it this fall. My question is has anybody had problems with beavers being aggressive towards their dog? A friend of mine knew a family that had their year old lab just about killed by 2 river otters on a nearby lake. A dog would be pretty defenseless while swimming. Any thoughts, thanks.

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    Never seen or heard of a beaver showing aggression toward anything other than a tree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drunkenpoacher View Post
    Never seen or heard of a beaver showing aggression toward anything other than a tree.
    you've never trained in Alaska. LOL I think I remember hearing about someone training up at Turnagain and having a beaver go after their dog... might be mistaken on that, but it wouldn't surprise me. Beavers give a big ol tail slap when they are alerting others to danger and that could attract a dog to investigate. Most likely it is an untrained dog that would be at risk of being bitten.

    https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Be...565565502.html
    https://www.adn.com/dog-blog/article...ke/2013/08/01/

    That said, I think beavers are generally flight animals and almost always nocturnal, although they may be active in the early morning or late evening dusk/dawn. Odds of your dog being attacked by a beaver while duck hunting - slim.
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    Be very careful of sharp cut sticks. Beavers will angle/pointy cut small trees/bushes. When water rises several inches to a foot or so these cut offs are just below the water surface. Very dangerous. Put a vest on the dog. I kinda know they will cut a wader and trip a man up.

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    Yep copy the sharp sticks. The beaver is 0 worry though.

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    I have had them beat the heck out of my decoys. Then they go away. Never have messed with my dog.

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    We had. a swimmer (human) attacked here in CT several years back in the Quinnebaug River, Victim required a trip to the hospital and sever stitches to close bite wounds. Beaver can be territorial. There have in fact been at least one reported human fatality caused by a beaver attack. Unusual yes, to be dismissed, know. Some of the best hunting for puddlers can be had in beaver inhabited ponds. I make an effort to avoid running my dogs near a beaver lodge.

    It is also good to remember that beaver also build "bank" lodges with the embankment of water bodies, those being less obvious to the casual observer.

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    Well I stand corrected, be very cautious in beaver country.
    https://worldnewsdailyreport.com/can...-pound-beaver/

    You have been informed. If you continue to train near beaver dams and houses, we'll all know what you really want.
    Last edited by drunkenpoacher; 07-31-2020 at 09:01 AM.
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    Used to hunt lots of beaver ponds 20 years ago. Never had any issues with beavers themselves - not saying there isn’t a chance, but I never encountered it. Biggest concern is that they leave lots of sharp sticks around. Be very cautious about working your dog in a beaver habitat. Not uncommon to see some sharp sticks hidden beneath the surface of the water. If your dog has a big water entry there could be potential to become skewered on a stick. Also beavers leave some sharp stuff sticking up in the grass that can easily poke a dog in the chest/stomach.

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    Getting attacked by a 200 pound beaver, oh the jokes going through my head right now. 😀

    I will check it out this Fall but won’t set up real close to the lodge, give them some space say 100 yards. Last year right by the lodge was free off lily pads and had the ducks. I can clean an area just down the shore. Thank for the input.

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