Chicken wire. Coyote urine. Chucking fruit. These are just a few methods residents in a Carol Stream subdivision have used to try to deter beavers from destroying the trees in their backyards, but to no avail.


 

Chicken wire. Coyote urine. Chucking fruit.


These are just a few methods residents in Carol Stream’s Walnut Circle subdivision have used to try to deter beavers from destroying the trees in their backyards, but to no avail.


Many trees and shrubs throughout the neighborhood have been attacked by the beavers, which are eating the bark down to the wood.


“They’ve brought some trees down completely,” said resident Ken Cook.


He said it appears to be three beavers that are wreaking havoc on the neighborhood.


Cook’s neighbor, Amy Mitic, said the beavers have gotten more aggressive with the trees in the past few years. And the chicken wire she is using has done little to deter them.


“I caught them at four in the morning working, one on one side and one on another,” she said.


She threw a pear at the animals to scare them off, but they keep coming back. In the past she has also tried coyote urine to keep them away. The beavers have taken large chunks out of the tree in her yard, littering the area with shards of bark.


“It’s depressing because it’s a beautiful tree,” Mitic said.


She also worries about the possibility of the beavers felling her tree completely.


“It could fall on the house,” she said.


Village manager Joe Breinig said officials have hired a trapping service that is working to remove and relocate the beavers.


“They’ve actually trapped several of them,” Breinig said. “But we got an update last week that there might be one or two more.”


When the issue first came to light, village officials sought advice from professionals on how to handle the situation.


“They recommended chicken wire and we’ve gone out in some of the public areas and done that,” Breinig said. “However, these beavers seem to be more aggressive than one might normally expect. The amount of damage seems to be pretty significant.”


Village officials have to walk a fine line when it comes to dealing with pesky animals.


“We’re trying to do this somewhat delicately to not offend anybody,” Breinig said. “There are those who take the position that’s it’s a living animal and you try to do what you can and those who want them killed. We try to go the first route and not kill them.”


Neither Cook nor Mitic want to see the beavers killed. They just want them to stop gnawing on their trees.


“I don’t want to live with chicken wire around my plants,” Cook said.


Contact Erin Sauder at esauder@mysuburbanlife.com.