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Park board looks at draft on beaver control policies


Last updated 7/15/2021 at 4:38am

Havre Dailuy News/Colin Thompson

A fisherman paddles through Bear Paw Lake Friday. Beaver Creek Park Superintendent Chad Edgar told the Hill County Park Board Monday that use of the park is very high.

The Hill County Park Board was presented a draft of their Rules and Regulations Committee's proposed policy on beaver management on Beaver Creek Park Monday, which includes trapping and non-lethal alternatives.

The policy states that beaver provide significant benefits to the ecosystem of the park but that some of their population can be removed for the sake of the park's aesthetics, facilities, infrastructure and public spaces.

The policy has the stated goal of using population control to avoid these problems when necessary but also to protect the beaver population when it is not causing...

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