by: Natalie Pasquarella Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Beavers are causing some safety concerns in one part of east Charlotte.
Local business owners said the animals are damaging the area and creating a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
"They'd already had taken branches and pulled them up over the dam and started the process," said Rick Douglas, a board member at Calcutta Office Condos.
Beavers are taking over near the Calcutta Office Condos, off Latrobe Drive.
Staff said they're worried about more falling trees after seeing one already go down.
"They take their time,” Douglas said. “It took about four days to take down that one tree."
In the past two weeks, he's noticed the tree damage and a clogged dam that is stopping the water flow and bringing in mosquitoes.
He estimates there is currently more than $1,000 in damage.
"We're just concerned about the cost of the tree damage and the tree removal and the dam that's being clogged by the beavers currently," he said.
Douglas contacted AA Wildlife for help.
"You see the destruction they do, and there's no shortage of them. There's lots of them," said Shawn Irish, with AA Wildlife.
Under state law, beavers can’t just be removed and put into another habitat, so Irish set traps Monday afternoon.
Irish estimated three to four beavers are doing all the damage and there is only one option -- to catch and kill the animals.
"If you move the beavers, you're not fixing the problem; you're just creating another one,” Irish said.