Hill County Park Board Presented with Draft Beaver Management Policy

By Josh Margolis

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The Hill County Park Board met on Monday night and were presented with a draft beaver management policy for Beaver Creek Park.

This comes after the Rules and Regulations Committee held several public meetings on the contentious issue of how to deal with problem beaver.

The draft policy calls for two methods of management: trapping, and “other methods of management,” such as installing culverts, building bridges, and installing flow devices and pond levelers.

The draft calls trapping a “necessary management tool” that can be utilized at the discretion of the Park Superintendent. Trapping season at the park runs from October 15th to April 15th every year, but emergency trapping may take place as determined by the Superintendent.

Alternative management methods can be recommended by the Superintendent to the Park Board, and funding for it must be approved by the Park Board.

Commissioner Mark Peterson says he does not want to see this draft document go back to Committee, and wants the Park Board to make any adjustments if needed.

Peterson says that he expects the draft to be discussed at length over the coming months before the Board votes on it.

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