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Stratford Takes On Beaver Problem At Roosevelt Park

Stratford has been experiencing flooding the Roosevelt Forest area due to beavers building dams.
Stratford has been experiencing flooding the Roosevelt Forest area due to beavers building dams. Photo Credit: Town of Stratford

STRATFORD, Conn. -- In an effort to stop flooding issues for residents near Roosevelt Forest, Stratford officials have hired a company to trap and kill the beavers that are considered a nuisance, according to the Stratford Star.

Saying it wasn't an easy decision to make, the Roosevelt Forest Commission worked for months to come up with another solution to eliminate the beavers that have built a 60-foot-wide and four-feet-deep dam at Pumpkin Ground Brook last year that is causing the flooding, said the Stratford Star.

Actions Stratford officials have taken include installing a flow device, but the beavers reinforced the dam with rocks and dirt, the Stratford Star reported. The Public Works Department has breached the dam several times, but the beavers always fix it, the Stratford Star said. The only solution, because state law prohibits the trapping and re-release of any animal, with a few exceptions, was to trap and kill the beavers, added the Stratford Star.

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