EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The City of Evansville is relocating beavers living in the Howell Wetlands on the west side. Parks Department Executive Director Brian Holtz joined us Monday to talk about why the beavers are being relocated.


WH: We’ve had some viewers contact us and ask what’s up with the beavers you’re trapping.

BH: Sure Wayne. First of all, good afternoon. We do this trapping of the beavers usually several times – not each year – but it depends on the circumstances. And recently, flooding has occurred to the north of the Howell Wetlands in the area of the Reitz High School athletic fields. As flooding began to encroach onto a new softball field, as well as a track, we knew we needed to step in and have those beavers relocated by a licensed trapper.

WH: When it comes to the Wetlands, you do want to attract the wildlife but there can be too much of a good thing, and that’s what’s going on with the beavers.

BH: Of course, as much as we can, we try to preserve wildlife in all of its forms. But when they begin to do damage outside of the wetlands itself, then we have to step in. Again, we don’t do so often and given the water level – the areas dammed were about five feet above where they usually are – so there was a considerable amount of stationary water that we knew we had to do something with.

WH: And I guess other parks are doing okay. There were a few issues with deer in the fall in Wesselman, but is everything good to go there as well?

BH: Everything is fine there as well. No issues with the nature center or that project. Again, just trying to preserve the wildlife as best we can – working within the constraints that they sometimes present to us, that we need to step in and resolve.

WH: All right, Brian. Thank you very much for joining us. Viewers were wondering so we went right to the source to get some answers.

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(This story was originally published on January 27, 2020)