Beavers have been illicitly harvesting trees around the lagoon in Tenney Park, as evidenced by this toppled tree Tuesday afternoon, April 26 near the bridge close to Sherman Avenue. Madison parks officials reported that in March more than $5,000 in damage was caused by beavers to landscape trees in the park. A contractor was hired to live-trap the flat-tailed rodents, but they remain busy. Beavers like Madison's many waterways, and damage is a constant problem in parks. Two years ago, the banks of Wingra Creek were hard hit by a possible colony of beavers leaving wood chips and pointy stumps in their wake.
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