(WMC-TV) – Beavers seem to be taking over a Mid-South community and county leaders say they have come up with a way to combat the problem.
Beavers are causing all sorts of problems in DeSoto County, destroying everything in sight.
For many years Mike Hubbard with M&B Animal Control has been trapping beavers.
"I've caught probably over 40 beavers in the City of Horn Lake in the last two years," said Hubbard. "Erosion off the banks. Trees chewed up. Big holes in the bank."
Hubbard says it is a problem that's expected to get worse before it gets any better.
That is why the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors are thinking about hiring a "trapper" like Hubbard to solve the problem.
"As the beaver swims through underwater, the trap would close up on him, catching him behind the ears and immediately euthanizing him at that point," Hubbard explained.
The trapping candidate would be a new environmental services employee that would work with recycling as well as beaver control. He or she will be responsible for setting up and creating traps, then traveling back and forth to the sites.
"We had places where we've had to remove the dams when the beavers got the jumpstart on us," said Mike Gardner, District 2.
While the county has also discussed offering a bounty on the beavers, they have decided that may be too risky.
"How do you know if someone brought you a beaver tail if they trapped it in Panola County, Tate County, Shelby County, or DeSoto? There is no identifying mark," said Gardner.
Supervisors say they hope to have the job filled within the next couple of weeks.