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Monday, Nov 04 2013 11:14 AM

'First Look': Beavers spotted, and Scott Cox's solution

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    Scott Cox talks about his solution to the beaver problem on the bike path on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Beavers are invading Kern County again. At least that's what simulcast host Scott Cox said Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

"I'm an animal lover but beavers are a destructive force," Cox said.

The critters have been spotted at The Park At River Walk and they've been gnawing and chewing at trees.

The city is wrapping trees with plastic netting to prevent beavers from taking a bite, but they can't wrap every single tree, Cox said.

In 2007, beavers destroyed several trees along the Kern River bike path. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials issued a kill order, which many people in the community supported, but the order was later revoked.

"They caused damage of about $4,000," Cox said.

Cox said he didn't want to sound like a bad guy, but that beavers are a nuissance. Maybe if killing them wasn't an option, "we can raise money to relocate them into the wild," he said.

 

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