Beaver Dams Leaving Piles of Headaches for Residents

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- At least once a week, the state Division of Wildlife Resources office in Springville receives a call complaining of a dam nuisance.

DWR wildlife specialist Steve Gray says beavers are wreaking havoc on the city's waterways.

He has trapped beavers and dismantled dams all over the city, from backyard canals to the Provo River.

Last week, a beaver dam diverted about half of the Lake Bottom Canal into nearby backyards.

In less than a week, a beaver had gnawed through several tree trunks as much as 22 inches wide. The industrious critter reinforced the diversion with what it could find, including soda cans and trash.

Along with the flooding, tree damage also prompts residents to complain about the dam builders.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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