Animal activists in Fargo will get the chance to persuade local officials to use non-lethal methods of addressing the city's beaver problem.
Earlier this year, the city revealed its plans to cull beavers that have been destroying mature trees along the Red River – namely in Lemke and Trefoil parks. But those plans did not go down well with some residents.
Now the Fargo Forum reports that officials with The Humane Society of the United States have suggested alternatives to killing the animals using lethal traps, guns or bows – alternatives which have not been ruled out by park officials.
They include painting trees with an "unpalatable mix of paint and sand," surrounding certain trees with cages, live trapping, and even "training" beavers to chew on other, unwanted tree species.
KFGO reports that Fargo's Park Board Facility Committee agreed at a packed committee meeting Wednesday to allow volunteers to go ahead with an experiment of painting the trees to protect them from beavers.
However, committee member Joel Vettel said there are still plans to proceed with trapping beavers at one park, and if the volunteer effort is not successful, this trapping will expand.