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Letter to the Editor: Beavers in Kings Beach

Beavers in Kings Beach

As soon as we learned that another family of beavers in Kings Beach was in danger of being trapped and killed, my 11-year-old daughter and I took a drive over to their pond. All that was left of what was once a beautiful mountain setting with a beaver lodge in the center, was now an empty mud pit approximately 10 feet deep with six inches or so of water left in the bottom. And then we saw them, a family of four beavers. There were two adults and two little ones. For the next three days many citizens contacted the county Department of Public Works and attempted to save the beavers from a horrific death at the hands of a hired trapper.

In the end we learned that the family of beavers was killed in spite of public involvement, our attempts at reasoning, the offering of simple tools to prevent flooding, and yes, downright begging for a humane solution. And then my daughter, Melony, surprised me with this poem she wrote for a class assignment:

Mary Long

Tahoe City

A beaver surfaces in a pond

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He brings a muddy stick along

He pushes the stick into a stream

This is the start of his dream

A dream to build a dam so high

A dam so high it grazes the sky

The beaver puts another stick in the stream

Here come men with picks that look quite mean

One by one they remove sticks for the stream

Gradually crushing the beaverand#8217;s dream

If it couldn’t get any worse

They kill the beavers one by one

Which will impact the ecosystem a ton