Flood prevention could mean killing beavers


FLOODING.>>IT’S A PICTURESQUE SCENE
RIGHT OUT OF THE NORTHWOODS, AND
A COLONY OF TWO TO SIX BEAVERS
IS NOW CALLING IT HOME
BUT THIS ISN’T UP NORTH, IT’S A
FEW HUNDRED YARDS FROM THE MUKWONAGO WALMART. AND THE BEAVERS HAVE TO GO. WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN
TO DO THIS IN THE MOST HUMANE
AND SAFE WAY POSSIBLE.>>MUKWONAGO VILLAGE MANAGER
JOHN WEIDL. SAYS DPW WORKERS INVESTIGATING
THE RAPIDLY RISING WATER IN A
NEARBY WETLANDS FOUND THE
NATURAL WONDER AND SOMETIM
— AND SOMETIMES NUISANCE OF A
BEAVER DAM. IT’S DIVERTING CREEK WATER INTO
THE WETLANDS, OVERFLOWING INTO
ANOTHER CREEK AND RETENTION POND
THAT WASN’T DESIGNED FOR IT.>>WE NEED TO ENSURE THE
WATERWAYS ARE PROTECTED, AND
ULTIMATELY THIS IS ABOUT
PROTECTING THE FOX RIVER.>>THE WISCONSIN DNR DOES NOT
RECOMMEND RELOCATING THE
BEAVERS, SAYING IT CAN RELOCATE
THE PROBLEM AND SPREAD DISEASE
AMONG A POPULATION OF BEAVERS
BECAUSE THEY ARE SO TERRITORIAL. MOVING THEM TO ANOTHER LOCATION
COULD THE TO COMPETITION AND
STARVATION. AND THE VILLAGE MANAGER SAYS, HE
HOPES THERE’S A BETTER OPTION.>>TO SEE IF THERE ARE NOT
PEOPLE AND PLACES IN THIS
COMMUNITY AND REGIONAL AREA THAT
WOULD BE WILLING TO ACCEPT THESE
ANIMALS. BARRING THAT BEING A SOLUTION,
WE WILL HAVE TO TRAP THEM AND
EXTERMINATE THEM.>>AND HE SAYS THEY ONLY HAVE A
FEW WEEKS BEFORE THEY HAVE TO
TAKE ACTION. IN MUKWONAGO, NICK BOHR, WISN 12
NE

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