The design makes it easy to remove the hut to access the beaver for relocation and cleaning. Each kennel also has a game camera to monitor the beaver’s health and a thermometer to ensure the kennel stays within a suitable temperature range.
We minimize disturbance to the beavers as much as possible with the exception of daily cleaning and feeding by our group of dedicated volunteers. The kennels are drained and cleaned with fresh water, the old sticks are removed, and fresh water and food are replaced. The addition of fresh water each day also keeps kennel temperatures within a suitable range during the heat of the summer.
Our beaver guests are also checked for health at this time and occasionally given root vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, and apples as treats. At night, we observe the beavers through our cameras.
During their stay, we will attempt to bring in the entire family from the colony. Beavers have tight family bonds with the young remaining in the colony for up to 2 years and pairs will mate for life. The family unit is housed in the same pen. Releasing the entire family together improves the chance of a successful relocation effort.