Growing beaver populations affecting ecosystems in the Southern Tier have prompted the state Department of Environmental Conservation to call on fur trappers to harvest the animals in a half-dozen spots across Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.
Officials at the DEC's regional wildlife bureau request trappers hone in on these wildlife management or multiple use areas:
- Keeney Swamp in Birdsall.
- Allegheny Reservoir in South Valley.
- Conewango Swamp in Conewango.
- Harwood Lake in Farmersville.
- Clay Pond in Poland.
- Watts Flats in Harmony.
"Beaver populations in these areas have expanded, causing difficulty with effective management of water levels on ponds, marshes and impoundments," said DEC Regional Wildlife Manager Kenneth Baginski. "Trappers can help by focusing their harvests on these particular areas."