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Beavers a problem for some Charlotte businesses


Some busy beavers have made it their business to live in East Charlotte. They've moved into a pond behind some businesses and are leaving their mark costing thousands of dollars in tree removal and removal of the beginnings of a dam.

Workers know the animals must go but as animal lovers they don't like how it must be done.

One look at some of the trees on the shore of a pond off Latrobe Drive and people knew.

"I haven't seen an actual beaver yet.  I've only seen the signs of the beaver," said Jennifer Marshall.

Rick Douglas says it's cute. "Yeah, they have buck teeth. Right?"

Some East Charlotte businesses have some busy beavers. But they aren't the kind of workers anyone wants. Douglas is a member of the business complex's board.

"They're packing it with sticks and mud.  This was not here a week ago," said Douglas pointing to the beginnings of the dam.

Douglas said the management of the complex says those sharp teeth are gnawing on more than just nerves. The most obvious victims are the trees. One is already down making it easy for a young beaver to munch on the leaves. Beavers are interesting to watch, but they also create damage that can be dangerous. A couple trees could fall at any time.

"The longer they're here the more damage they do," said Douglas.

"I'm not sure where they came from or why they chose this pond but it's not the right place," said Marshall.

The complex called in a self described critter man with AA Wildlife, Shawn Irish.

"That's what I specialize in.  I try to relocate if I can," said Irish.

But the beaver WBTV caught on camera and its family won't be moving.

"The trap is underwater," described Irish, "It's a smooth rod trap, no big teeth claws or something. It humanely, it pinches them."

Some animal lovers didn't realize trapping the beavers meant death. "I don't think anybody wants to see cute beavers killed, euthanized," said Douglas.

"Our immediate answer is not to kill anything.  It's to see what we can do to relocate or help them out," said Marshall.

But Irish, a licensed Wildlife Damage Control Agent says he can't help in that quest.

"The law is pretty specific.  It's in the state statute that you can't relocate beavers," said Irish.

The traps are now underwater. He estimates it could take a couple of days.

Workers said they found someone who will allow the beavers to be moved to their property.  But the statute says that's okay for certain animals, it appears beavers must be euthanized.

The law says wild animals such as the beaver shall be humanely euthanized either at the site of capture or at a facility designed to humanely handle the euthanasia or released on the property where captured.

To read the law, click here.

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