Beavers wreaking havoc on Old Saybrook park

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WNTH) — Beavers are causing a lot of damage in and around Old Saybrook, and some residents are really fed up.

Trees in all areas of an Old Saybrook park are being damaged, and beavers are showing the power of their jaws and the destruction they can cause when no one is looking.

“It’s just crazy what an animal that small is capable of,” said Phetsavanh Sundara. “I can’t imagine being able to do any of that without an axe.”

The trees around Crystal Lake and Chalker Mill Pond are being eaten away. But one problem they haven’t seen a lot of is flooding, which often happens when beavers build dams and jam up streams and rivers.

Still, the town wants to stop the destruction, and formed a commission to find out what options are available to protect their parks without harming the beavers.

“They have just as much right to be here as we do,” said Sundara. “But it would be nice for both of us to comfortably be here at once.”

“It’s a great place to hike, so we want to keep it that way,” said Isabelle McKeon.

There are fences to protect trees and devices to let water through beaver dams, but the state does not recommend relocating the tree-chomping critters because that just moves the problem to another area.

“It would be sad to see it damaged more than it already is, but it would be awesome to see it fixed,” Sundara said.

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