Collin County developer uses 'Beaver Deceiver' on problematic dam

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 22 at 7:13 PM

FAIRVIEW - A Collin County developer has found a different way to solve a beaver problem where he's building that won't cause any harm to the animals living there.

About 100 yards long, the beaver dam is next to a site where million dollar homes will be built in Fairview and has likely been hidden on the land for years. Now, the algae-filled pond created by the dam poses a problem to future homeowners.

"Typically what other people do is they hire a trapper and set traps and catch the beavers and relocate them or kill them," said Bonnie Bradshaw, of 911 Wildlife. "And that's not either humane or effective."

So, the developer, M. Christopher Custom Homes, hired 911 Wildlife to come up with an innovative solution without harming the animals by installing a device called a "Beaver Deceiver."

A pipe placed through the heart of the dam drains water from the pond.

"By creating this Beaver Deceiver that these guys are putting into place, it lowers the water level and helps relocate the beavers without bringing harm to the beavers," said Jay Reynolds, the development manager for the builder.

Braving heat, murky water and snakes - including a water moccasin - 911 Wildlife workers spent the day installing the device. Once it was in place, they began draining the pond.

"If we just came in and destroyed the dam and the beavers moved downstream, another family would come back and try to rebuild in the same area,"  Reynolds said.

With the pond gone, the beavers will have no choice but to move on their own, preventing flooding, mosquitoes and the need for traps.

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