Updated - 10:50 p.m. - A rancher knew it was either the beaver or his detention pond. He could shoot the animal, but there had to be a better way. Before any drastic action was taken, ecologists with a Spokane non-profit came to the rescue last week to live-trap a young beaver near Addy, Washington.
Recently exiled from its previous beaver colony, the young guy or gal was finding its new home in a rancher’s pond. A restoration ecologist with The Lands Council, Joe Cannon, says it’s part of their job to find problem beavers in the region who are encroaching on human infrastructure by damaging property.
“He didn’t want to kill the beaver, but he didn’t want to mess up the system in his irrigation,” Cannon said.
This beaver was Cannon’s first relocation trip of the year. The adventure will take the young animal to Okanogan County where it will hopefully make its new home.
“We have to find a good spot for them which is the hardest part because you can’t let them go and get into trouble again,” Cannon said.