St. Francis County Needing Less Beavers, More 'Gators

MARCH 8, 2005 - Posted at 7:31 a.m. CST

FORREST CITY, AR - Public works crews in St. Francis County say the area could use a few more alligators.  The county has been having problems with beavers building dams on county waterways, and a larger alligator population could help.

County Judge Carl Cisco says tearing out the dams does not help...the beavers build new ones before the next sunrise.

And when a beaver builds a dam on private property, there's nothing that county crews can do because they can't do work on private land.

Officials say one reason there are more beavers is that they have few natural predators.

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