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Park hopes to evict its busy beaver soon

January 02, 1999

A beaver who has been busy killing trees at Devil's Backbone Park will be removed, said Washington County Park Superintendent Terry Shives.

About a month ago, park employees noticed that a beaver had chewed the bark off the base of one tree at the park. When that happens, the tree will most certainly die, Shives said.

"I was hoping he'd leave, but he didn't," he said.

Since then, the beaver has marked for death four to six trees, Shives said.

Shives called the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, but was told the department no longer moves wild animals.

He has tried to contact several local specialists with no luck so far, he said.

As far as Shives knows, there is only one beaver. The latest sighting was Wednesday near a playground on what is known as "the island."

Shives hasn't been able to locate the beaver's home, but it could be living along the bank of the Antietam Creek in the park, he said.

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