Their houses are easy to spot, piles of sticks, in and around the swamps of north Mississippi, but before we begin this report, let us be sure we offer this disclaimer, not all beavers are bad beavers.
"The problem that we are having, it's not all the beavers in the county," said Supervisor Harvey Lee. "The board of supervisors are not out to catch all the beavers. We're out to catch the ones that are costing the taxpayers money."
Who knew that these rodents were costing taxpayers money in DeSoto County? But they are.
Their beaver business of stopping up running water has the county constantly unclogging drainage pipes, so DeSoto County now has a beaver trapper, and sort of a beaver task force.
"We don't want him going out to catch all the beavers, just catch the beavers that are causing the problems," Harvey said. "So like I said, it's going to be a joint effort between the man that's doing the catching of the beavers and the county employees."
Pick any large or small body of water in north Mississippi and you are likely to find the creature. On the shoreline, their work where their chomping teeth have chewed through big tree after little tree, leaving only felled lumber and stobs of wood, after they haul the rest of it off to stop draining water somewhere.
"You know anytime you spend a couple of hundred dollars on trapping a beaver, you are saving a couple of thousand dollars in sending out machinery trying to clean up the mess they are making," Harvey said. "Now I love beavers, don't get me wrong, but they are a member of the rat family, the rodent family".
As for how the beavers are disposed of, that is up to the county's trapper. That is his responsibility.
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