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Beavers to get booted

By Sarah Campbell
scampbell@salisburypost.com
FAITH ó The beavers lodging off St. Paulís Church Road are getting evicted.
The Town Board voted Tuesday to pay Myers Wildlife Services up to $1,530 to remove the beaver colony from the townís sewer outfall line.
That cost includes $180 for mileage, $100 per beaver and a $150 set up fee.
In a letter to the town, Kevin Myers, owner of the business, said there are currently eight to 12 beavers living in the colony.
ěI have more than eight years of experience in trapping problem beavers and am confident that I can remove all of the members of the colony within 10 days of service,î he wrote.
Scott Gardner, the townís public works director, recently recommended the beavers be removed before the town lost control of the sewer line.
Faith Mayor Keith Deal said the beavers have been a problem for more than six months.
ěI think itís time to move on this and get this done before it gets any bigger,î he said.
Deal said the town does not have the right of way to the property, which means a letter requesting permission to proceed will have to be sent out before the extraction begins.
ěI donít really expect to get any bad feedback,î Mayor Pro-Tem Todd Peeler said, noting the area is almost completely underwater right now because of the beavers.
The dams have caused the creek off St. Paulís Church Road to flood vacant land owned by about three different people.
ěItís a mess,î Deal said.
Gardner said he expects Myers to be able to begin the removal quickly after receiving clearance from the property owners.
Contact reporter Sarah Campbell at 704-797-7683.

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