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What's Your Take: Beaver Family vs. City of Martinez?

What's Your Take: Beaver Family vs. City of Martinez?


Making their home in a Northern California creek, this family of beavers have quickly become local celebrities. As cute and entertaining as they are for tourists and local schoolchildren, not everyone loves these furry creatures. Last Fall the city of Martinez actually had plans to kill the beavers and remove their mud-and-stick dams! That plan was publicly criticized by locals and a committee was formed – the Beavers in Alhambra Creek – with members presenting seven options for controlling the creatures who've been living it up in their new home for the last 18 months. Why are some people so anxious to remove the furry family? Find out more details when you read more.

Beavers are known for their big teeth so they can obvs do horrible damage if they chew through the $10 million of flood control work already completed in this Northern California town. Experts have already been called in, including Vermont-based wildlife biologist Skip Lisle, who installed a pipe through the dam to lower water levels to (hopefully) reduce flood risk. "If we can put a man on the moon, we can outsmart beavers. They're not very good at deductive reasoning," Lisle said. "They're very single-minded." Unfortunately their minds are to build, build, build, while officials can't continue to take down, take down, take down. Of the plans on the table, costs can range from $2,000 to upwards of $100,000 to safely keep the creatures in the creek. So what do you think – should eviction begin immediately, do beavers belong in the creek as much as the water does, or is this matter simply water under the bridge?

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