Nevada officials try to ban beavers from Truckee River

By Susan Voyles, Reno Gazette-Journal

Every week day since December, a Washoe County sheriff’s community service crew has worked the banks of the Truckee River, wrapping trees with chicken wire to protect them from beavers, cleaning up homeless camps and picking up other debris.

Since December, they’ve wrapped 423 trees and removed 95 homeless camps, 1,058 large bags of garbage and 63 hazards such as rebar and pipe that present a danger to people, said Don Lawson, work supervisor.

But once a Truckee River Fund grant for $90,000 runs out in late July, the crew of six to eight members will be disbanded for a lack of a supervisor.

“We have been on beavers since December,” Lawson said. “We got started when the river was coming up. There’s still a lot of work to do. There’s a lot of trees to be wrapped. We are hitting the worst spots.”

The Truckee River Fund is supported by customers of the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, the area’s biggest water company.

Mike Carrigan, TMWA board chairman, said he would encourage the sheriff’s office to apply for another grant through the board’s grant advisory committee. “I think it’s money well spent,” he said, after hearing the statistics.

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Comments (3)
  1. Jennifer says - Posted: June 27, 2011

    Uh, isn’t that the beavers’ home? Why would you want to keep them from their habitat. That does not sound right to me at all. I mean, thats awesome they’re cleaning up trash, but beavers? They make they’re homes on the river. Keep they humans out of there, not the wildlife thats supposed to be there. Disgusting.

  2. John says - Posted: June 27, 2011

    Jennifer, it is a non-native Rocky Mountain beaver that was introduced to the area and now because they are cute we can’t exterminate them. This is not our native beaver that is about 25% of the size and under threat because of the non-native variety.

  3. clear water says - Posted: June 27, 2011

    When you get done with harassing the Beavers, Head on down to the Tahoe Keys Channels and clean up the un-piped sewer bend it is.That water got be toxic ,bring up some bottom channel mud and it open your nostrils up.
    You can always tell a keys boat,they got ring around the bow cause it’s a toilet hole.
    Unknowing tourist ,home owners,bath theIr clean minds in IT.