Town mulls options for ‘nuisance’ beavers amid flood woes

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Beavers in the Town of Woodbury may not be aware, but they could be living their final days.

The town obtained valid permits issued in July from the Department of Environmental Conservation to remove the beavers. The permit refers to the beavers as “nuisance animals” after neighbors complained about flooding.

Although the town approved, members of the community are disappointed with the decision.

"Why just kill if there's other options out there? Let's look at those options,” says Carmine Mastrogiacomo.

The permit alleges the removal of the animals will be done with traps and firearms.

Pressure from the community has convinced the Town of Woodbury Council to consider other options.

Jacqueline Hernandez of Woodbury Town Council said, "The board understands that this method can be upsetting and has requested that the town clerk research alternative methods for beaver removal," on Twitter.

News 12 reached out to the Department of Environmental Conservation for a statement, but has not yet received a response.

 

 

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