WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A wood-eating neighborhood nuisance has invaded a West Sacramento area, leaving homeowners on alert.READ MORE: After 43 Days On The Run, The Woman Accused Of Killing An Elite San Francisco Cyclist Was Captured In Costa Rica
It’s been three years since beavers infiltrated the Bridgeway Lakes neighborhood. Their appearance comes in waves. There used to be just a few, but now city officials believe there could be as many as 30.
“I started getting lots of calls from concerned residents,” West Sacramento’s Urban Forest Manager Dena Kirtley said.
One of the largest rodents on earth, a half dozen beavers have been trapped so far.READ MORE: Getting Answers: What Do Increased Releases From Folsom Dam Mean For Region's Water Levels?
“They can weigh upwards of 70 pounds and some of them, by the damage on the trees, were a good 4-feet tall,” said Kirtley.
Many more are still free and tearing down trees in the Southport neighborhood.
“It was on a massive scale. It was very large trees. I think there were about 10 to 12 trees that were felled,” said Kirtley.MORE NEWS: 'This Isn't Going To Hold Us Back': Drag Event In Woodland Stopped Over Alleged Threats Of Violence
Most of the damage has been done to public property.