Mountain Beavers, or Boomers, are smaller burrowing rodents often mistaken for muskrats, nutria and young beaver. The difference between all these and a mountain beaver, is that the mountain beaver does not swim.
Mountain beavers are herbivores, eating strictly plants. Gardens can be decemated quickly if a population is let to go unchecked. They are also burrowers, digging deep into hillsides and bluffs. The burrow is not a maze of different bends and curves but a straight shot deep into the hillside.
Habitat modification is difficult to do in controlling mountain beaver populations as they tend to dwell in areas that are difficult to access. Trapping and removal of the animals is one of the most successful methods of control.