- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A group of residents in Fargo is pushing back against a city plan to trap and kill beavers that are chopping down and killing trees along the Red River.

The Beaver Backers think the plan approved recently by the Fargo Park District that aims to reduce the number of beavers in parks along the river is unnecessary and inhumane.

“We’re in the 21st century. Come on. We can come up with better solutions,” said Kathleen Keene, a member of the group.

The city trapping program was spurred after complaints from neighbors near some city parks that the beavers were destroying trees.

“We’re trying to project some of the trees. We’re not trying to eliminate the beavers,” said David Lemke, director of parks.

Lemke said once beaver’s chew around a tree, it’s essentially going to die.

The Beaver Backers agree it’s a problem, Lemke said, but want the city to come up with another solution, such as live trapping or beaver birth control.

But Lemke said they’re stumped with find another solution.

“Anytime you live trap an animal and move it, it could be moving the problem somewhere else,” he said.

The Beaver Backers have started a petition on Change.org to try and convince the park district to alter their plan.

As of Saturday, the petition had about 420 supporters.

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Information from: WDAY-TV, https://wday.com

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