Beavers Northwest to attempt to relocate beavers from Hillside Creek in Lake Forest Park

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The City of Lake Forest Park has agreed to allow wildlife organization Beavers Northwest attempt to relocate beavers that recently built two dams in Hillside Creek. Beavers Northwest works to relocate beavers from areas of human/wildlife conflict. Its mission is to advocate for the many benefits beavers provide through research, outreach, and landowner assistance.

Currently, beavers have built dams in a small stream, creating ponding that is threatening a pedestrian safety project that will build several blocks of sidewalks in the vicinity of Brookside Elementary School. Construction must take place during the summer months, when school is closed and the street construction and culvert work can take place prior to the fall fish migration and spawning.

Beavers Northwest was contacted and recommended by the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation. The trapping devices are humane, live traps, and the beavers will be relocated to appropriate areas in tribal lands.

This is the same beaver difficulty the Shoreline School District experienced earlier this year. Lake Forest Park Councilmember Mark Phillips notes, “We are happy the Stewardship Foundation found this group, and we think the result will be a better outcome for all parties, especially the beavers.”

Citizens are asked to let the agency do its work and to keep a respectful distance from the wildlife. For more information about Beavers Northwest here.


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