As of Friday, January 2, 2015
WENATCHEE The Chelan County Public Utility District wants to get rid of pesky beavers destroying newly planted trees and shrubs in Entiat Park and shoreline vegetation in Walla Walla Point, Confluence and Riverfront parks.
So, the utility is expanding its contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to trap, remove and destroy beavers.
The contract extension follows an attempt to divert beavers from Entiat Park, utility officials said, noting they have to destroy beavers to remain in compliance with its dam licensing.
"At this time of year, the only alternative is to remove and eliminate the beaver, since relocation wouldn’t be viable during the winter because the beaver would be unable to rebuild their dens," a written statement released by the utility last week said. "If the beaver remain a problem in the spring, the PUD will work with Okanogan County officials to relocate the beaver in an area where their dam-building could be a beneficial erosion control method in fire-destroyed areas."
The Department of Agriculture will be posting signs in trapping areas on utility district-managed lands to make pet owners aware of the beaver eradication effort.
"The trapping will cease when the vegetation destruction stops," the statement said.