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By Dan Reed 

Legislative change makes beaver dam control easier


August 30, 2019

New beaver control provisions were enacted by the Minnesota Legislature this past session but the final bill provided no money to guarantee alleviating the financial burden on local governments for handling nuisance beavers.

Still, it was a step in the right direction, said Rep. Mike Sundin (District 11A), who authored the initial bill with input from Wayne Thom, a member of the Minnesota Trappers Association.

The largest member of the rodent family, the beaver is an active woodcutter and dam builder. But when beaver populations get too high, they cause problems by cutting down valuable tr...

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