pudCritical habitat destroyed by beavers in Entiat and Wenatchee river front parks

WENATCHEE – Beavers are destroying newly planted trees and shrubs in Entiat Park (currently closed – except for the boat ramp area), as well as destroying important shoreline vegetation in Walla Walla Point, Confluence and Riverfront parks. As a result, the PUD is expanding its existing contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Nuisance Bird & Animal Control Services to trap, remove and destroy the beaver.

The PUD attempted to divert the beaver by putting cages and/or using sand-infused paint around the base of the trees in Entiat Park, but the beaver continued to destroy the trees and shrubs.

Under its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license, the PUD is responsible for providing for and maintaining critical river shoreline habitat. The beaver activity is in direct conflict with the PUD’s license requirements.

At this time of year, the only alternative is to remove and eliminate the beaver, since relocation wouldn’t be viable during the winter because the beaver would be unable to rebuild their dens. If the beaver remain a problem in the spring, the PUD will work with Okanogan County officials to relocate the beaver in an area where their dam-building could be a beneficial erosion control method in fire-destroyed areas.

USDA will put signs in the areas where active trapping is taking place so that the public will keep their pets out of danger. The trapping will cease when the vegetation destruction stops. The USDA will trap on PUD property only.