Conservation and Trapping News

Beaver bounty offers to pay trappers for pelts to help reduce damage in Pottawattamie County
Jan 11, 2023 20:47 ET

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How to sign up:

How to contact the Park Officer in one of the three areas (Arrowhead, Botna Bend, or Hitchcock Nature Center):

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Pottawattamie County announced Tuesday a new program to help reduce damage to drainage ditches and roadways from beavers in southwest Iowa.

On Tuesday, the county's board of supervisors approved the "Beaver Bounty Program."

During trapping season, which ends April 15, the program will give participants $25 per beaver pelt harvested in Pottawattamie County.

“Beavers can place a lot of stress on many areas of our infrastructure, with dams preventing water to flow to designated areas,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Brian Shea said in a statement. “Pottawattamie County is responsible for maintaining many roadways and drainage ditches in our area, and some of these dams can end up causing a lot of damage, costing our county a considerable amount of money to repair. We hope this program helps in minimizing the possibility of that happening.”

Pottawattamie County has a budget of $5,000 for the program, which is used by other counties in Iowa.

Participants will need to complete a form with the location and date of the harvest, along with landowner permission to trap on the property — if needed. They will also be required to fill out a W9, which allows the county to issue payment.

After the beaver is harvested and all forms are done, the participant must next contact a park officer at Arrowhead State Park, Botna Bend Park or Hitchcock Nature Center.

“There are a few processes we need our participants to follow in order to make this program possible,” Shea said. “But we’re optimistic that the added incentive we’re offering will help us, as it has other counties in our area.”