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Beavers outwitting 'deceivers' on Milford Twp. property

MILFORD TWP., Pa. - The old adage "busy as a beaver" is definitely holding true on the two-acre property of a Milford Township woman.

Linda Weikert, who lives in the 1600 block of Fennel Road, came before the Milford Township Board of Supervisors Monday night looking for answers on how to avoid the probable flooding of her basement due to beavers in the area; the animals are building and maintaining -- sometimes overnight -- more than 100 feet of dams, now resulting in the formation of lakes and ponds on her property.

The resident said the beavers even have discovered a way around the "beaver deceiver" metal apparatus installed by the township and designed to stop dam-building in specific areas. 

Weikert said one semi-severe rainstorm could flood her yard and home because the local beaver population refuses to relent on its dam-building.

She said, however, the flood waters have not yet breached Fennel Road.

The property owner appeared before the supervisors looking for further help and direction on the matter.

To date, the Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Army Corps of Engineers have all investigated the matter. However, Weikert has no definite plan of action for saving her property.

She said she has gone out with tools to loosen parts of the dam, however, she said the beavers work overnight rebuilding what has been disabled the preceding day.

"Should I now get flood insurance for my house?" Weikert asked the supervisors.

Township Manager Jeff Vey said a meeting on the matter needs to be called, including representatives from the government agencies.

Weikert said there is an upside from the damming: wildlife has increased, including minks, blue heron, ducks, kingfishers and various turtle breeds previously placed on the state's endangered species list.

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