CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A neighborhood in northeast Charlotte has a money-eating, tree-chewing beaver problem.
The Buckleigh neighborhood homeowner's association has spent nearly $13,000 over the last few years dealing with issues caused by at least two resident beavers.
“They’re annoying and they’re expensive,” said HOA President Anton Shaw. “It sounds kind of cruel, but I wish we could kill them all because it’s costing us a lot of money.”
The HOA money has been used to pay for tree and stump removal, clearing underbrush, treating stagnant water, mosquito control, soil erosion and trapping – all related to at least two beavers building four or five dams in the neighborhood pond.
Shaw says the money initially came from a fund meant to add speed bumps to slow traffic through the neighborhood.
It is also one reason why HOA dues went up $20 this year.
“We’re paying to remove these trees everywhere and have to do it again this year,” said Shaw. He estimates this year’s bill to run at least a thousand dollars.
Shaw says the HOA hired trappers but it didn’t work. He says people have also tried hunting them and that hasn’t worked either.
“They’re doing a damn good job of hiding,” he said.
Neighbor DeWayne McKinnon noticed the trees disappearing on his daily walk near the water.
“(I) noticed that trees were being toppled every week,” McKinnon said. “Never seen anything like it.”
McKinnon says it’s just nature taking its course and the beavers should be left alone.
“No harm, no foul,” he said.