RACINE (AP) -- An estimated dozen beavers have been gnawing trees at a Racine yacht club, prompting officials there to call in a licensed trapper to kill the rodents.
Commodore Jim Walters says the animals have chewed up several tall trees on the property of the Fifth Street Yacht Club. He says that could cause the trees to topple, which could damage boats or bring down utility wires.
Walters tells The Journal Times of Racine that club members aren't thrilled about having to get rid of the beavers. But he says the risk is too great to ignore.
A state wildlife official says a resident complained that the trapper was killing the beavers rather than relocating them. Wildlife biologist Marty Johnson says moving them elsewhere could also be a problem because they'd struggle to find new shelter and food sources at this time of year.
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