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Natural resource management experts advocate for a shift in beaver management

Experts recommend a mix of infrastructure upgrades, non-lethal damage mitigation and trapping


Last updated 5/27/2021 at 11:43am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

A beaver swims in Beaver Creek in 2020. Experts told the Hill County Park Board Rules and Regulation Committee during a meeting Wednesday that trapping is one part of beaver population control, but it should only be one component of a comprehensive management plan and not the sole way to control beaver population and impacts at Beaver Creek Park.

The Hill County Park Board's Rules and Regulations Committee met Wednesday night to discuss beaver management in Beaver Creek Park, a long controversial subject, and local wildlife experts invited to the meeting advocated for a more comprehensive approach to beaver management, not just lethal trapping.

This is the third in a series of meetings meant to evaluate what the Hill County Park Board should do to manage beaver in the park.

The speakers at the meeting were Amy Chadwick, an ecologist working at Great West Engineering, Nathan Korb of The Nature Conservancy and Elissa Chott of the N...

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