It appears a beaver struck this tree at the Salisbury City Park. (Photo: WBOC)
SALISBURY, Md.- Dozens of trees have been toppled over at the Salisbury City Park and city officials believe beavers are to blame. A stroll through the park will reveal the knocked-down trees with visible teeth marks all around their trunks.
But people who visit the park remain split on how to handle the problem. Donald Parks said he has been coming to the park since the 1980s to play tennis and has not seen anything quite like what is happening along the river bank. Parks said he is worried about losing the scenery in the park and some action should be taken against the wild animals.
"Move them to a different location where they will be more at home," Parks said.
There are others, however, that believe the beavers should be left alone as they are only doing what comes natural to them.
"They need somewhere to live. This is the place where they find trees and resources so I really don't see too much of a problem with it," said Salisbury resident Jam'al Washington. "Unless the park wanted to help them out, they can always do that. But if they don't, then a beaver is going to do what beavers do."
Salisbury Animal Control officials said they have contacted the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for some help on how to handle the situation. They said they are still investigating the situation and have not made any decision on what to do with the beavers in the park.
There have yet to be any actual sightings of the beavers because the animal is nocturnal. But animal control is reminding people that if the beavers are spotted during the day in the park, be sure to stay away.
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