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Trees Disappearing from Backyards

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  Folks along a quiet Crookston street have been facing an unusual problem, dozens of trees have gone missing from their backyards.

  The problem has been swimming out of the Red Lake River into their backyards. Overnight, just like that… another tree can disappear.

Dan Erdman: "We're talking beavers. Yep." 

  In fact, Dan Erdman says he and his neighbors all along the river here… have been losing trees to beaver. They were dragging the trees into their dens along the river bank.

Dan Erdman, Crookston:  "I just lost a couple. Bob and Gayle Nelson here lost 8 or so and then, their neighbors lost close to twenty."

  I couldn't find one to poke his furry, bucktoothed head out of the river today. But, folks say the problem has gotten better since the DNR trapped some beaver last winter. However, there are still some around.

Marietjie Roberts, Crookston: "Overnight, they would take several overnight and the next was just down here some place. They had all the stuff sitting in the water there."

  Folks say they were told by the DNR that low river levels last fall likely lured the beaver here. But, now the river level is up again, high water and strong currents may convince the beaver to move on down the line.

    Those beaver have been in the same Crookston neighborhood a bear was spotted last year, stealing food out of bird feeders.

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