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Beaver Damage

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My wife got so sick of my bellyaching about the beaver damage down by the creek, that she kicked me out of the house this morning with my video camera so I could at least record it.  It’s just such a shame to have so many trees comin’ down out there.  We’ve lived here for near on twenty years, and we’ve never had so much trouble as we do this year.  I’ve been trying to get the county to do somethin’ about it, but they keep tellin’ me it’s lean times and all, and they barely have enough funds to keep up with snow removal and fixin’ pot holes.  It means the landowners around here are gonna have to do somethin’ ourselves, or we’re gonna be in a real fix before too long.  Property taxes have been goin’ up something awful over the last few years, and the county council members all got raises.  Plus, they hired a few more people up in the county offices.  So, I’m getting’ pretty worked up that they refuse to help us out here.  If they don’t, I think they’ll find the beaver damage will cost ‘em a lot more than if they’d removed the beavers causin’ all the problems in the first place.

Well, my wife has heard me say this over and over and over again.  She keeps tellin’ me I ought to do something about it other than just preachin’ to the choir.  So, she shoved the camera in my hand this morning and told me to get out there and get something on record.  That way, I’d have something to take to the city council and see if they’ll finally get off their butts and do something about it.

So, I got myself out here with my dog, Trixie, and we had no problem findin’ most of the trees the beavers took down.  Most of ‘em are pretty young trees, only about two to five years old, maybe.  There’s one that’s an old oak tree, though.  Been there for as long as we’ve been here, and you can see the beavers have been working at it.  Probably taken ‘em weeks and weeks of chewing on that thing just to get it down to a point where it’s teetering over a bit.  Won’t take ‘em much longer to get that old tree down.  Shame.  Just a shame.

I counted over thirty trees been taken down, some of them in the creek, and you can see where the creek’s risin’ up past the banks.  Downhill from here, about only a quarter mile or so, is a main road.  When that creek gets dammed up, no telling what the water damage is gonna do.  Some of the trees have been knocked over a popular jogging trail, so someone’s going to have to clear that up come Spring, when people come out here to walk or ride their bikes.

Yep, I’ll have to bring this tape into the council and see if they’ll figure something out so they can afford to get some professional in here to rid of the beaver and clean up the beaver damage.  Dunno what I’ll do if they ignore me again this time.

Beaver Problems

You farmers think you have beaver problems, try being a trout.  I mean, here I am, not bothering anyone, and all of a sudden some beavers come along, build their dam or lodge, and I’m stuck.  I’m supposed to be able to swim my normal route, along this cute little stream with a nice rocky bottom and lots of cover so I can hide from predators from above.  But, as soon as it’s time to move, I notice the water temperature’s different and I’m suddenly blocked by a huge pile of twigs and logs.  Beaver problems! My precious running water that’s supposed to take me to my spawning grounds is now diverted into little pools and ponds.  That’s just great for some other fish, but it’s a death trap for me!  The shallow ponds don’t give me much cover or depth to hide from fish-eating birds or other animals like raccoons.  I can’t get to my spawning grounds, then I can’t spawn, and I’ll probably be caught and eaten by something.  Just an awful situation for me.

Yes, other animals love it.  Beavers come in, create new ponds or divert waterways, and all of a sudden new plants are springing up, all kinds of other water creatures move in, and birds and animals are attracted.  I’ll be honest, beavers even help trout sometimes when they make larger rearing grounds.  But, I have to be able to get there first!  Right now, I’m stuck and there’s nothing I can do about it.

So, you farmers can moan about your beaver problems.  Sure, they take down swaths of your corn fields, or take down your precious willow trees or cottonwoods.  Maybe they destroy one of your fences in search of some pretty young tree in your yard. Perhaps you don’t have as much land as you used to, now that so much more of it is under water.  Or, maybe it’s gotten so bad that your basement’s flooded.  Beavers can contaminate your drinking water, you could get giardiasis.

And the animals attracted to those pretty new ponds the beavers made could also get onto your property.  Sure, they won’t kill you like they’d kill me, but you’re still going to have a problem.  How about more birds raiding your fields?  How about raccoons nesting in your home because they’ve got a nice new pond to play in just filled with fish like me?

Hey, maybe you like that sort of thing – more birds and wild animals hanging around on your property, destroying your crops, getting into your home or out buildings.  I’m just saying, maybe we have a mutual interest here.  What do you say?  Get a professional in here who knows how to get rid of our beaver problem, and my life cycle goes back to normal and your property stays the way you like it.