- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Park district officials in Fargo are giving a group of volunteers a chance to try a non-lethal method to keep beaver colonies from chopping down and killing trees along the Red River.

KFGO-AM (https://bit.ly/1NIqz6r ) reports the Park Board Facility Committee has agreed to allow volunteers to protect trees from harm by using an abrasive paint that beavers dislike.

The Fargo Park District caused an uproar in April when it announced its plans to trap and kill the beavers. Some residents organized and even started an online petition to convince officials to alter their plans.

Officials are targeting two parks along the river. Committee member Joel Vettel says the park district still plans to trap beavers in one park, and if the volunteer effort doesn’t show results, the trapping will expand.

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Information from: KFGO-AM, https://www.kfgo.com

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