Busy beavers cost county $30K

  • Friday, July 18, 2014

Provided This beaver was spotted on Brick Chimney Road in April 2013. Georgetown County has budgeted $30,000 for beaver control in its Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

Beavers have become an expensive problem in Georgetown County.

With an average of a dozen dams reported each year, the county hires a contractor for a “relocation program,” according to Ray Funnye, director of public works for the county.

In the Fiscal Year 2015 budget $30,000 is slated for “beaver control.”

That is almost doubled from Fiscal Year 2014 when $16,000 was spent on the problem.

Funnye said most of the calls his department receives are about flooding in the northwest region of the county – in the Pleasant Hill and Plantersville areas – due to beaver dams.

He said there have been several complaints of dams at the new 8 Oaks Regional Park on US 521 toward Andrews where flooding has caused storm water issues.

“It is a recurring problem and it can cause extensive flooding,” Funnye said.

“That is why we have increased what we are spending to get a handle on the problem.” He said they will only know if the amount budgeted is enough at the end of the budget year.

He said the cost comes from relocating the animals.

“We can send people from the county to unblock the ditches or waterways, but beavers have a reputation for building dams quickly and the dams would be back in the next few days,” Funnye said.

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