Four-Foot Beavers Invade Town, Damage City Property and Trees

It sounds like the premise of some lost Ed Wood horror flick with a Hitchcock twist: waves of beavers scurrying through a West Sacramento, Calif. neighborhood, toppling trees and damaging public property.

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It sounds like the premise of an Ed Wood horror flick with a Hitchcockian twist: waves of beavers scurrying through a West Sacramento, Calif. neighborhood, toppling trees and damaging public property.

“I started getting lots of calls from concerned residents,” West Sacramento’s Urban Forest Manager Dena Kirtley told local CBS affiliate KOVR-TV.

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Those residents may be living in the vicinity of as many as 30 wood-chewing rodents, according to city officials. The beavers first moved into a Bridgeway Lakes neighborhood in much smaller numbers three years ago, but have since multiplied and spread to other areas. And it sounds like at least a few are on the ginormous side of the gene pool.

“They can weigh upwards of 70 pounds and some of them, by the damage on the trees, were a good four feet tall,” said Kirtley, adding that the damage has been “on a massive scale” and that he believes the beavers have taken down as many as a dozen local trees.

How many of the bucktoothed culprits have been rounded up so far? Just half a dozen, reports KOVR-TV, though considerably more are said to still be on the loose.

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107 comments
noxhanti
noxhanti

RT THX @colonialdude @ericrumsey @peepsqueak

Bdirtsbest
Bdirtsbest

@Peepsqueak @TIMENewsFeed @TIME @noxhanti I thought you were talking about my ex wife.

JayMalone
JayMalone

@Cookie_Savior @natalienarwhal Thanks but the whole reason they're here is to start work on my new home. #SuperCheapLabor #TailHammers

mistymathews
mistymathews

@KeAnne Are beavers rodents? Because that would make them RUSes. @timenewsfeed

TheBeardedIris
TheBeardedIris

@KeAnne Dude. It's winter. Huge beavers are the norm this time of year. #CountdownToWaxing

ahugewin
ahugewin

@adamgolub @TIME @lportwoodstacer PICS OR DIDNT

ladyjuliet23
ladyjuliet23

@Chookooloonks how funny. That's right down the road from me, yet this is the first I've heard of it.

beachnerbum
beachnerbum

@adamgolub Sounds like someone left the passageway to Narnia open

LaddieSchnaiber
LaddieSchnaiber

@TIME @TIMENewsFeed The beavers must have come from Canada.

Manda_Jane
Manda_Jane

@MuseRawrry If you call yourself an environmentalist, why don't you go club some beavers?

Lastmedic
Lastmedic

@TIME @TIMENewsFeed sounds like congress is in town.

huronatwestern
huronatwestern

@vivekprabhu1 Oh wow! @HuronBeaver is pretty tame, so we're lucky.

PK_NC
PK_NC

“@TIME: Giant beavers run amok in California town | http://t.co/Psixws4PnV (via @TIMENewsFeed)” sounds like a job for @Siduckdynasty & Phil

realovepoet
realovepoet

@TIME @TIMENewsFeed doesn't bear thinking about!

amiwoods
amiwoods

“@TIME: Giant beavers run amok in California town | http://t.co/icovXCKBP7 (via @TIMENewsFeed)” Who knew 4 ft 70 lb beavers even existed?!?!

Toronto_Comedy
Toronto_Comedy

@TIME @TIMENewsFeed That beaver just doesn't give a dam!

lishyro
lishyro

“@TIME: Giant beavers run amok in California town" Say what?!

alieninhalifax
alieninhalifax

@TIME @TIMENewsFeed @MMFlint something more dangerous than not locking your doors lol

Nowhere1111
Nowhere1111

Beaver are incredibly destructive and generally a pest. Anymore, they have no natural predators in the wild. BUT we're not supposed to shoot them? Gimme a break!

marcusprtyman
marcusprtyman

@TIME @TIMENewsFeed I thought you meant women?LOL

noxhanti
noxhanti

@bdirtsbest naughty naughty boy

KeAnne
KeAnne

@TheBeardedIris touché ;-)

rowlph
rowlph

@katiebtweetin and working like!

lizzyp224
lizzyp224

@TheDargerFamily @TIME @TIMENewsFeed I would be freaking the heck out and need therapy for years.

bakeneko3
bakeneko3

@TamaraBannon @TIME @TIMENewsFeed Giant Beavers!!! LOL