Beavers are classified as furbearing animals in the state of Kentucky. An open trapping season is established for the legal harvesting of these animals, and they are subject to all applicable state laws and regulations. Consult the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife's trapping digest for more information on removal of beavers during the legal trapping season.

If a beaver is damaging your property, you can kill the animal at times other than the legal trapping season. After the animal has been destroyed, you must contact your local conservation officer for disposal of the carcass.

Beaver dam If the beaver pond has been in existence for a considerable period of time (even if it is flooded cropland), the area may be officially classified as a wetland. Under the provisions of the 1985 Food Security Act, Conservation Reserve Provision, it may be illegal to destroy the dam and drain the wetland. Contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Louisville or your local Agricultural and Soil Conservation Service, Soil Conservation Service or Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources office for an on-site visit and recommendation. 


Click on one of the links below to learn more about beaver control.

Nonleathal Prevention and Control

Lethal Control