Residents speak out on beaver trapping in south Tyler neighborhood

Residents speak out on beaver trapping in south Tyler neighborhood

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Since the first of the year, beavers have been causing problems at a lake in the Oak Hollow neighborhood in south Tyler.

“We know it’s going to undermine the shoreline, and they’re headed to the root system of the trees, and we certainly don’t want to lose the trees,” resident Gene Shull said.

Shull said the beavers are causing damage to the lake behind his house.

“We’re just really interested in protecting the lake and protecting our trees,” Shull said. “And we don’t want to be liable to misfortunes that we didn’t try and take care of.”

And they are taking care of the issue using a trapper hired by the property owner’s association through the property management company.

“I just think there could be a peaceful resolution for both the residents and the wildlife,” said resident Brittany Poster.

Poster says while she understands the beavers are a problem, she doesn’t agree with how that problem is being handled.

“The way that they were originally trapped is they just killed them and left them that way,” Poster said. “I felt that was both dangerous to the residents, our pets, and our children who use that lake. But it also seemed unfair to the beavers, who were just trying to make a home.”

Poster suggest relocating the beavers, but Game Warden Captain Quint Balkcom says while they can be relocated, it’s not the best option.

“When they become a problem, there are means and methods by which to mitigate that,” Balkcom said.

“I just think there could be a peaceful resolution for both the residents and wildlife," Poster said.

Shull says so far trappers have captured three adult beavers in the lake. Typically trappers are licensed to sell the fur from the beavers they capture and kill.

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