2018-10-11 / Outdoors

Eighth beaver bagged


THIS 40-POUND BEAVER was trapped in Suttons Bay, as it was caught in a window well. THIS 40-POUND BEAVER was trapped in Suttons Bay, as it was caught in a window well. Ron Baker trapped another one.

Baker trapped his eighth beaver of the year, hiding in a homeowner's window well in Suttons Bay.

“The owner tried to draw the beaver out by putting sticks and boards up," Baker said. “Beavers don’t climb very well, so he called the county and they recommended me to come over and get the beaver out.”

Ten seconds was all it took for Baker to trap and catch the beaver. He used his own trap and a catch pole. Normally, to make sure he gets all the beavers out of an area, he will keep a trap there for two weeks.

According to Baker, the dams will continue to be rebuilt if there are beavers still in the area, so he will keep traps around for a few weeks to make sure the beavers are all caught.

Once captured, Baker will turn the beaver into the DNR to release the animal somewhere it won’t be able to do damage to any homes or properties.

“I’ve caught more then just beavers, but this is my eighth beaver,” Baker said. They are all around the county and surrounding areas. I received this call from Suttons Bay, then after I received another call from someone in Traverse City to trap some beavers that are damming up the creek.”

The beaver caught is estimated around 40 lbs, and was hard to carry out of the window well for Baker.

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