Beavers killed at Swope Park after chopping through 30 trees

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Five beavers were trapped and killed by the Missouri Department of Conservation at the request of the Kansas City Parks Department after the beavers chopped down 30 oak trees within the past two years at Swope Park’s lake.

“Oaks are pretty desired species around here and we don’t have a lot of them in the woods behind us. We’ve got a lot of invasive species that take over when the oak canopy dies back or is gone,” said Forest Decker, KCMO Parks Superintendent.

Decker said the beaver population in Missouri is plentiful. He said there’s no easy or safe way to trap and relocate beavers.

“The non-lethal traps are fairly dangerous to people to be honest,” Decker said.

When the lake area loses trees, Decker said it also creates water-quality issues.

“They gnaw the tree clear through and the trees were falling in the water in the lake,” Decker said. “It causes a lot of erosion. This is a pretty steep bank back behind us too, so it was just a situation that had to be remedied.”

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