Beavers Chomping At Trees In Adams Farm Community

5:35 PM, Jun 7, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- For about six months now, Wanda Morrissey says, beavers have been chomping and chipping away at trees in her Adams Farm community in Greensboro but the neighborhood association board has remained complacent.

Morrissey says she moved into the community in 1997 with her family because of the beautiful , tree-lined neighborhood.

Her home overlooks a 17-acre pond in the community, which is popular both to community members and visitors who come there just to enjoy the view.

Morrissey says the trees add to the draw and they are in danger of being destroyed by the beavers.

The animals have even boldly ventured into her front yard and taken out a few trees.

"I'm concerned, first and foremost, for my pet because that's a life that's valuable to me. I'm concerned for his safety, if there's a beaver coming in my front yard, not just staying in the backyard. I'm concerned that my property value will decline," she added.

Morrissey says she notified the neighborhood association of the problem three months ago and again in the past week but still no real action has been taken to trap the beavers.

"I'm frustrated with the board for not taking action, for not responding, for being complacent about this when they've acted in the past," Morrissey said.

According to the homeowner, when the beavers became a problem in the past, the neighborhood association board quickly worked to trap them and put wire fences around some of the trees to stop the semi-aquatic rodents from further chipping at them. 

A member of the board told WFMY News 2 on Friday that leaders are dealing with the issue but it's taking a while because they are running into some push back.

Kat Sullivan says some environmentalists have told the board to leave the beavers alone.

The board also received a letter from the wildlife commission saying it cannot use lethal force to address the beaver problem.

However, the letter does point out that there are wildlife damage control agents that are able to help with removing the beavers.

Sullivan says the board plans to discuss a course of action at the next meeting scheduled later this month.

But Morrissey says based on their inaction in the last three months, she doubts anything will be resolved at the meeting.



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