Beavers Destroying Trees Near River

Beavers Destroying Trees Near River

by Kelly Choate on September 13, 2011

Trees at Putnam Landing Park in Zanesville are falling down, and it’s not because of thunderstorms.

Beavers are chopping them down and trying to build dams in the Muskingum River.  Public Service director Mike Sims said a large tree has fallen across a walking path in the park.

"We’ll try to get any dangerous trees cleaned up the best we can as time allows," said Sims.  "We’re finally catching up with the mowing.  We’ve been very shorthanded this year due to budget restraints.  We’re short two full-time employees and six seasonal employees, so it’s hard for the guys to keep up."

Sims said the beavers are protected in their natural habitat, so there’s not much the city can do about the problem.

"Obviously, there’s nothing we can do with the beavers," said Sims.  "There’s a trapping season for them if it comes to that, and they become problematic, we may have to hire a nuisance trapper."

Sims said he’s not sure why the beavers chose this spot, but he thinks the population has spread from other areas.