Letter: Beavers are good neighbors
The benefits of beavers and their ponds to the environment far outweighs their drawbacks.
Ponds are vital habitat for great blue herons, osprey, kingfishers, mink and otters, among others, and support many plant species.
Beaver ponds act like sponges during heavy rainfall, preventing flooding, filtering water running through their ponds and increasing groundwater level. Communities suffering from the effect of drought often move beavers onto their lands to build dams.
Pond-building by beavers sometimes floods the property of landowners. The usual method of solving this problem has been to destroy both beavers and dams. This inhumane action is ineffective, however, because other beavers will move into these areas, and the problem begins again.
A more humane and permanent solution is to install beaver flow pipes and fences. These devices, sometimes called beaver deceivers, maintain an acceptable water level in the pond, for all concerned, human and animal. The New Hampshire Animal Rights League is engaging in a new project to save beavers by promoting and installing such devices.
For more information, contact NHARL.