Mountain Beavers are rarely seen primitive rodents. They are 12-14 inches long and live in heavy vegetation or wooded areas. They have long curved front claws that are mainly used for digging; they feed on vegetation and live in extensive tunnel systems. Mountain beavers tunneling habits can cause erosion or instability on hillsides.
Their feeding habits are problems in tree farms or in ornamental landscaping and gardens. Mountain beavers while rarely seen can be recognized by their characteristic 6-8” tunnels. Trapping mountain beavers is usually an effective control measure.