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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


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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Beauty Beauty 9 years
I'm with Kiwitwist. Beavers were there first!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
leave them alone, the animals were here first. We are taking over all of wildlife's natural habitat.
couture-yourself couture-yourself 9 years
Definitely find a humane way to relocate them.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Nice detective work Fuzzles. :) I agree with you. I think they need to find a way to live around the beavers, or relocate them to some place safe. They probably aren't safe there anyway, because wildlife rarely is around humans. I would hate for them to get hurt.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
GO BEAVERS! Hey this is survival of the fittest and wiliest. The beavers are doing what they're supposed to do, build a home and survive, it's man that obstructed the river in the first place and decided unilaterally that it belongs only to humans and not to nature. If I remember my nature programs, Beavers only build where certain criteria are met in nature. Their damns are actually helpful to the natural world whereas our man-made dams are a determent to other animals and nature itself. Of course we will probably win because we are randomly violent creatures, we have guns and pesticides to kill the Beavers so that we can return to overcharging for a natural resource. hee hee skeptic. 8)
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 9 years
This story reminded me of the South Park episode where the beaver dam breaks and they all think its the end of the world...haha
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Just googled the city. In 2007, Martinez had a population of 38,000, the median family income was 88K, and the average home price was 1/2 a mill. I think they could pony up $2000-plus cost of leaving the little guys be. Besides, it sounds like it would be profitable for Martinez's economy if the Beavs are a tourist attraction. Just my two pennies. :)
asilgrif asilgrif 9 years
Why can't they trap them humanely, and relocate them? I didn't see that option being considered.
wren1 wren1 9 years
Tough situation. Wouldn't it be great if they could be relocated?
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