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Man tells Limestone commission he’ll trap beavers for free

By Holly Hollman
· hhollman@decaturdaily.com · 340-2445

ATHENS — As the Limestone County Commission meeting ended Wednesday, a man ambled in wearing sunglasses, a cap and a Tennessee Vols shirt, and offered his beaver services.

Commissioners perked up not at the word “beaver” but at the words “for free.”

Scott Wilson of Athens told commissioners he would trap beavers free of charge for their constituents because he sells the fur.

“Beavers are a nuisance,” said District 1 Commissioner Gary Daly. “In my area, they’re stopping up bridges and creeks and making fields and yards flood.”

Wilson said he recently trapped 11 beavers in a pond off Strain Road, and one weighed 67 pounds.

He said he has trapped beavers since he was a child.

“It’s just something I enjoy doing,” Wilson said. “I work nights at GE in Decatur and get up in the mornings to check and set traps.”

Wilson makes between $15 and $30 for each pelt.

Those who have beaver trouble can contact their local commissioner, who will notify Wilson.

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