Landowners who want to rid their property of the dam builders may sign up now for the program with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. It has proved to be a popular initiative, with 9,500 beavers trapped in the county since its inception.
“Many landowners have suffered significant damage for years due to heavy beaver activity,” said District Clerk Sandy Mitchell. “Beavers are damming creeks that result in water covering prime cropland and valuable timberland.”
The deadline to sign up is Thursday, Nov. 30.
Last year, more than 80 landowners participated, and 200 beavers were removed from acreage totaling more than 2,500.
The Board of Supervisors designated funding for beaver population control, and the program is administered by the Alcorn County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Landowners may trap the beavers themselves or use the services of a trapper.
Mitchell said the program has a new requirement this year — in addition to presenting the tail of each captured beaver, the landowner must also include the front right foot of the critter.
The tail and foot should be wrapped in clear plastic wrap or a freezer bag and frozen until collection day.
The bounty is $10 per beaver.
Collection days will be held bimonthly beginning in January.
Annual beaver damage in the Southeast is estimated at $100 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The aquatic rodents eat the bark, leaves and twigs of many trees and shrubs.
To sign up for the program, visit the NRCS office at 3103 Mullins Drive or contact Mitchell at 287-7223, extension 3.