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Attract beavers with the scent of other beavers or their favorite foods/building materials. Beaver castor is an odorous substance secreted by these territorial animals as a way of communicating their presence, so beavers are naturally attracted to its scent. Another recommended bait is tree branches - especially of the poplar genera (aspen, cottonwood etc.).
It's very important that the bait you choose is positioned inside the trap in a way that will:
lure the beaver all the way inside the trap, including its tail
force the beaver to engage the trigger
allow the trigger pan to depress without obstruction.
The best way to satisfy the above criteria is to position the bait directly behind the trigger pan. You may either place the bait on the trap floor, or hang it from the top of the trap.
When using castor lure to bait your beaver trap, soak it into other beaver baits like apples or tree branches.
Baiting a beaver trap is just one of the many important steps in the trapping process. For more information, read How to Trap a Beaver »
Find more general trapping tips in the article How to Bait a Trap »
Our friend and Havahart® supporter, Billy the Exterminator, talks baiting traps.