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December 08, 2016
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Homeowner battles persistent beavers

This shed full of furniture was under four feet of water because beavers have built a dam in a nearby culvert.

She said initially Winters did not want to do anything because he did not realize what the beavers were capable of. She said, “The ideology of leave Mother Nature alone has cost thousands. It’s really terrible.” But she added, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Komosky’s insurance does not cover the flood damages. “When do you anticipate beavers and flooding?” she asked.

Komosky said she has decided she is not going to take Winters to court because the damage is already done and she would likely only get enough money to replace the shed, not the antiques inside.

Winters declined to comment for this story.
In 2009, the DEC issued 2,104 nuisance permits for beavers because of problems with flooding roads and chewing up landscape trees. The DEC estimates that there are between 60,000 to 80,000 beavers in New York State.