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Dorchester Struggles With Beaver Troubles

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An adult and juvenile beaver in water. (Photo: NPS.gov) An adult and juvenile beaver in water. (Photo: NPS.gov)
 SALEM, Md.- After years of concerns, the Dorchester County Council hosted representatives from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Department of Agriculture to discuss the problems posed by beavers in the county. 

In three years, an entire section of the forest outside of Salem has died.  There are several acres of dead trees, and according to locals, it's all because of beavers.

"They're damaging the ecological forests, as well as the timber value, because no one is going to be able to go in there and harvest that timber now," said Libby Nagel of Salem.

Nagel and local farmers say they are worried about dead trees falling in the road and water backing up into the roads and onto fields.

Rusty Eberspacher, who owns Double Bridges Farms, says it's more than just a nuisance.

"It's killing the trees and the branches that absorb the nutrients.  It's killing a lot of habitat, mainly causing flooding in fields," said Eberspacher.

Rusty's son Todd took us out on an atv to see the dams.  One dam we saw is backing up water two feet higher on one side than the other.

"We take a little excavator in there and clear it one day, the water starts running.  The next night, they rebuild it.  You can do that all winter long if you want but you'll get tired of doing it," said Eberspacher.

At Tuesday's meeting, the USDA and DNR said the best way to curb the beaver population is to call a local trapper to solve the problem.  Locals who attended the meeting said they were hoping for a more concerted effort from state and federal agencies to bring the problem under control.
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