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New requirements for controlling beaver population
by Steve Beavers
Oct 28, 2013 | 192 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local landowners have some new requirements to follow before they sink their teeth into controlling the beaver population.

Under the new guidelines, landowners are asked to wrap each beaver’s tail and right front foot in a clear plastic wrap or freezer bag and freeze until collection day. Also different this year is the amount paid for each beaver.

"In order to increase the landowner's allotment, the bounty price was cut from $12.50 to $10 per tail and foot," said Sandy Mitchell with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Landowners can trap the beavers themselves or use the services of a trapper, according to Mitchell.

"Many landowners have suffered significant damage to timber and crops for years due to heavy beaver activity," said Mitchell. "Beavers are damming creeks which result in water covering prime cropland and valuable timberland."

The sign-up period for the program begins Monday, Nov. 4 at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Deadline to sign up is Nov. 29.

Bi-monthly collection days will be scheduled after the registration is complete and will begin in January 2014.

"Last year’s program proved to be successful with 121 landowners participating and 382 beavers being eliminated on over 5,600 acres throughout the county," added Mitchell.

Since the program began, over 7,100 beavers have been trapped in the county.

The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors has earmarked funds again this year for the purpose of controlling beaver populations in the county. The Alcorn County Soil and Water Conservation District administers the program.

Only those who register by the deadline are eligible to participate. The office will be closed on Veteran’s Day, November 11 and Thanksgiving Day, November 28.

Interested landowners can come by the NRCS office at 3103 Mullins Drive to sign up or call Mitchell at 287-7223 Extension 3 for more information.
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