Oregon may spend $1.5 million to help landowners cope with beavers

Photo Credit: Beaver at Three Forks, Owyhee Canyon – Alan Journet

SALEM — Two years ago, Clover Leonard was surprised to discover limbs missing from her trees before any U-pick customers had visited her apple orchard near Medford.

Though it didn’t take the apple grower long to deduce that beavers were to blame, finding a solution was more troublesome.

“There was no shortage of trees to nibble,” Leonard said.

She didn’t want to kill the animals, which are known for environmental benefits as well as property damage, but got the run-around from government agencies regarding her other options.

“I was achieving little success and a lot of frustration,” she said.

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