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County ready to battle beavers

Several creatures have recently kept county Road Department Director Chris Pelly and his crews as busy as ...

Well, they've been just as busy as the animals that have been terrorizing McDuffie roads.

That's right, McDuffie has a beaver problem, and sections of several roads -- such as Cowhide Road -- have been washed away due to their dam building tendencies.

"This is an ongoing problem, and after a while you just get to where the beavers are winning," Mr. Pelly said.

But the road crews didn't let that get them down. After multiple dam demolition runs, Mr. Pelly had had enough, but he had to tread lightly.

"You get in there and just start shooting the beavers, and then the animal rights people get on you. You just can't," he said.

So instead he decided to call in reinforcements in the battle against one of nature's fastest little dam contractors. Now the county is considering a professional beaver remover.

One from the United States Department of Agriculture just removed several beavers for the City of Thomson, but there are others around that may give more bang for the county's buck. All avenues are being considered.

It's part of the effort to protect the taxpayers' investment into the roads, especially the easily washed-out dirt roads. The problem is more widespread than just the unpaved pathways though, according to Mr. Pelly.

"They can cause a lot of problems for asphalt paved roads too," he said. "If we get a real heavy rain and the dam was to break, you've got a large amount of water that's being backed up. If it all blows out at one time, it could wash under the pipes out and lose the roads. It could be a pretty good problem, and an expensive problem."



Web posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005











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