Unusual beaver activity posing problems in Aurora neighborhood

2:35 PM, Dec 7, 2013   |    comments
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AURORA - Beavers are chewing up trees, and creating potential danger at a mobile home park in Aurora.

Neighbors sent 9NEWS a newstip because they are worried falling trees will hit property or people.

Beaver activity is something Colorado normally doesn't see this time of year.

According to Aurora Water spokesperson Gabi Johnston, because the September floods destroyed many of the beaver's lodges, the animals are out trying to rebuild before winter sets in.

Some residents of the Denver Meadows mobile home park fear the increased beaver activity is putting them in danger.

"It's dangerous to go out there," said Veronica Maldonado, a resident who also works as the park receptionist.

Some of the trees are right next to homes at Denver Meadows mobile and travel trailer park.

"With the beavers being there and cutting down the trees, they might fall on a mobile home or they might fall on a person," Maldonado said.

Beavers are nocturnal, the second largest rodent in the world, and their dams protect against predators.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Public Information Officer Jennifer Churchill says landowners are responsible for beaver control.

Churchill recommends building a 3-foot-tall wire fence around the base of trees to keep the beavers at bay.

Aurora Water is aware of beaver activity in the area.

"It is on the list for potential {beaver} relocation in 2014," Johnston said - adding it wouldn't be able to happen for at least 7 months because relocation activities only occur from June 1 to Sept 1.

Maldonado worries the beavers will continue posing problems for people and property.

"We want somebody that knows how to deal with them to take them and relocate them, not kill them," Maldonado said.

Beavers are not trapped and moved during the winter months because it is highly stressful for the animals and they can end up injured or killed.

Residents fear someone will be hurt if the beaver activity continues.

To learn more: http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/Profiles/Mammals/Pages/Beaver.aspx

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