Help! I have beavers! What do I do?

Beavers are increasing in population across the state. They are an important feature of the environment but we also understand the problems their damming habits can sometimes bring to homeowners and the community.

Read through: Beavers and the Law: A Citizen's Guide to Addressing Beaver Conflicts.

Please note that the Town of Upton can only take action if the problem occurs on or affects municipal properties or roads.

Private property owners are responsible for resolving beaver issues on their own land (see specific guidelines for private property below). Unless an emergency order is issued, wetlands regulations must be adhered to.

Call the Conservation Commission office 508-529-6286 if you need advice about a beaver problem.

View the Procedure to Review Resident Beaver Complaints (PDF).

Specific guidelines for beaver control on private property:

  1. Removal of a beaver dam on private property: Requires an emergency order from the Conservation Commission.
  2. Installation of fencing or other beaver exclusion devices on private property: Requires RDA or NOI approval from the Conservation Commission.
  3. Beaver trapping on private property: Requires a professional trapper with Board of Health permit. Permit requirements vary based on in-season vs out-of-season trapping.
  4. All expenses for beaver control on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.
  5. All beaver control activities are regulated by Massachusetts State Law.

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1. Help! I have beavers! What do I do?
2. What is the Wetlands Protection Act?
3. What should I do if I see someone breaking environmental laws?
4. What can I do to help maintain the health of wetland areas?
5. I have an underground oil tank. How do I prevent leaks and/or deal with spills?
6. What is a Stormwater Management Policy?
7. What is a Flood Zone? Am I in one?
8. What is a Floodplain? Am I in one?
9. What about emergency tree removal?
10. Do I need a permit to cut trees and brush?
11. How do I get a wetland delineation?
12. I’m thinking about buying property. How will I know if there will be wetland issues?
13. How do I know if I have wetlands or other resources?
14. What is a vernal pool?
15. Do I need a permit?
16. What is a Buffer Zone?
17. Why do we protect wetlands?
18. What are the common wetland resource areas found in Upton?
19. What exactly is a wetland?