While the alleged drowning of eight beavers caused concern for residents and county officials in South Montgomery County, a state game warden said it’s not illegal to rid an area of nuisance animals by any means possible.
Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack was contacted by staff members at the Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center regarding someone trapping and killing beavers along Spring Creek just southwest of the Spring Trails subdivision.
Noack said he called the pest control company that removed the animals.
“Long story short, they were hired by the Spring Trails HOA to remove the beavers,” he said.
One resident said he spoke with the trapper who was hired to remove the beavers. The trapper said he was setting traps under the water that would not allow the beavers to come up for air and they would drown, according to the resident. Noack said the trappers informed him that they were not drowning them but relocating the animals to another area or euthanizing them.
Officials with the homeowners association did not return calls before seeking comment.
However, Noack said he didn’t think anyone should be trapping and killing animals in the preservation easements that are maintained by the county. He also contacted the Spring Trails Homeowners Association; and while he was not able to get much information, he said they agreed not to trap the animals on land owned or maintained by the county.
“(The trappers) were hired for a short-term project, and we understand the duration of the project has ended,” Noack said.