UPDATED: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 4:57pm
McLennan, Hill, Falls and Limestone County residents are about to get a little help in their war on beavers.
Texas Wildlife Services trapper Danny LaFavor will be in these counties beginning next week (March 17, 2014) to hunt beavers that may be giving residents problems.
The beaver control program is free to the public. LaFavor uses traps to catch the animals. He also hunts at night using a shotgun and No. 4 buckshot, he said.
Beavers are one of the most destructive animals in the United States. Millions of dollars are lost each year in the Southeastern United States to timber cutting and flooding, pasture flooding, subsequent loss of lakes, damage to flood control structures, disease transmission to humans, increased mosquito infestations, damage to electrical power company facilities, damage to coal mines, damage to fish farms, weakening of bridges for railroads and highways and weakening or collapse of highway road beds.
Beavers burrow into dams, weakening the structure. The burrowing can also lead to water loss in ponds and lakes.
To be put on a list for assistance from LaFavor, call the McLennan County AgriLife Extension Office in Waco at (254) 757-5180.