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We have gathered decades of scientific research from Great Britain, continental Europe and North America to share with people interested in diving deeper into the world of beavers.

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Interaction of beaver and elk herbivory reduces standing crop of willow

Published by: Ecological Applications

1st February 2005

Beaver and willow struggle in areas with heavy elk browsing. This study explored how simulated beaver cutting affects willow growth with and without elk browsing. Without elk browsing, the recovering willow was larger and healthier, and recovered faster. This suggests elk browsing affects beaver food and could limit populations of both beaver and willow. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

Stichorchis subtriquetrus in European beaver from Croatia: first report

Published by: European Journal of Wildlife Research

27th January 2005

This article reports on a study of the parasitic worms found in a beaver killed in a car accident in Croatia. 28 worms were found, all of the same species. This is the first time that this species had been recorded in Croatia, suggesting that it was introduced when the beavers were re-introduced from Germany. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

Odontoplasty for the treatment of malocclusion of the incisor teeth in a beaver (Castor canadensis)

Published by: Veterinary Record

22nd January 2005

A female beaver from a zoo in the Republic of Korea was found to have overgrown teeth from improper feeding. She was treated with a procedure called odontoplasty, which involves trimming the teeth. The procedure was done under anesthesia and the beaver recovered well and could eat normally afterwards. The text notes that this procedure should not be repeated regularly as it resulted from poor care practices rather than a natural abnormality in the beaver. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

A paleolimnological record of Holocene climate and environmental change in the Temagami region, northeastern Ontario

Published by: Journal of Paleolimnology

1st January 2005

Scientists studied tiny organisms called arcellaceans in sediment cores from two lakes in Ontario. They found that, after the last Ice Age, plants started growing in the area. Beavers moved into the lakes periodically, affecting water levels and algae growth. When beavers built dams, it caused stagnant water and algae blooms, but when they left, water flow increased, reducing algae and helping the forest grow again.

Response of beaver, moose, and snowshoe hare to clear-cutting in a Quebec boreal forest: a reassessment 10 years after cut

Published by: Canadian Journal of Forest Research

1st January 2005

This article reports on how beavers, moose, and snowshoe hares responded to clear-cutting over 10 years. Beaver populations remained stable because their riverside feeding habitat wasn't affected. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

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