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November 18, 2013

The evidence against BEAVERS is DAMMING!!

Trap them or leave them alone: How to handle problems with 'nature's habitat engineers'

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CHEROKEE COUNTY —

"Please note that being placed on the waiting list does not guarantee Wildlife Services will make it to your property," a spokesman wrote. "A representative and-or trapper with Wildlife Services will contact the landowner so abatement or trapping procedures can then occur once work in Cherokee County begins."

The accomplishments of the beaver – digging away at human infrastructure, blocking culverts and causing flooding and tree damage – often prove to be a detriment to humans.

While some groups oppose capturing them, it is important to note that beavers gave been hunted and trapped for millennia, experts say.

Pelts from the beavers has seen some resurgence in areas with heavy beaver populations but it declined in Europe because of the lower demand.

Trapping has traditionally been performed when the beaver fur is of value. The remainder of the beaver is used as feed.

Beavers build dams to create ponds that give them protection from predators and increase the water level to encourage new growth of the trees they like to eat, reports show.

Beavers are ultimately important because the wetlands they create become habitat to many other species, according to reports. ((As a species, the structures left behind by beavers modifies the natural environment so well that the rest of the ecosystem incorporates it into a change.))

Some biologists believe beavers used to be day walkers, although they also acknowledge 400 years of being hunted is probably what drove the animals underground, Cherokee County representatives said.

Despite being night walkers, sometimes beavers will wake up during daylight hours to perform necessary work.

Baby beavers, or "kits" are born with their eyes open and with a full set of fur. They know who to swim fairly quickly but have to learn to dive, meaning they can't leave for the outside world without supervision.

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