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YULEE, Fla. -- A Nassau County resident, who is trying to save the beavers in her neighborhood, has come up with another solution to get rid of the pesky critters causing havoc to the environment.
Lori Kramer emailed all 531 residents of Northhampton in Yulee to ask, "Can't we find another way?"
Robert Mesquit, of the Critter Control company in Jacksonville, estimated that five to seven beavers have been very busy in three Northhampton ponds, damming up the drains and causing trees and vegetation to die. It also is causing flooding and algae to build up on the ponds
He recommended to the homeowners association that the nuisance beavers be captured, removed from the property and euthanized. That's what state law says he'd have to do if he removes them, Mesquit said.
Resident Robin Haigh wants something done. "It floods into the yard, into the golf course. It kills the grass, weeds come up. If there is a hurricane there could be serious flooding and water could come into our homes. "
But Kramer said she has found another way. She and others on the homeowners association board were told by the Fish and Wildlife Commission that the beavers could be taken to a wildlife sanctuary if they could find one to take them. For now, that's the new plan.
By law, the beavers have to stay in the state of Florida. Kramer is confident that at least two sanctuaries will to take on the beavers.
Mesquit says he did not want to be the bad guy but he understood the law requires euthanasia if the beavers are removed.
Still, the state Fish and Wildlife Commission will grant an exception if it can be worked out.
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