Wyoming to relocate 180 "problem" beavers

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Problem beavers to be moved to Big Horns, elsewhere

4/9/02

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department plans to move 180 problem beavers from around the state to the Big Horn Mountains and other areas.
The goal is not only to prevent beavers from cutting down trees and building dams where they are not wanted, but also to improve the health of forests such as Bighorn National Forest.

"Once the dams start storing water into those streams, it acts like a sponge and soaks up laterally into the banks and increases plant root growth and forest production," said Gary Butler, the department's terrestrial habitat supervisor.

The project is scheduled for August and September. It will be funded through interest on conservation stamp sales.

About 130 beavers will be moved to areas including the North Tongue River, Cook Stove Basin and Porcupine Basin. The creeks targeted include the Sourdough, Medicine Lodge, Granite, Shell, Prospect, Sheeley and Owen.

The other 50 animals are expected to be introduced to areas outside the Big Horns, including the Laramie River.
 
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