MILTON, Vt.—Vermont's Fish and Wild Department is used to hearing complaints that beavers are flooding the property and cutting down trees. But lately, officials have been hearing from someone who's trying to protect the tree-chewing critters.
Mandy Hotchkiss is working with state officials to alert drivers that beavers living in wetlands along the flooded shores of Lake Champlain have been crossing Route 2 between Milton and South Hero. She spent Friday morning holding up a sign reading "Caution, Beavers Crossing," while her business partner, dressed in a beaver costume, waved a sign that read "Honk 4 Beaver!"
Hotchkiss told The Burlington Free Press that as many as two dozen beavers have been hit by cars in the last few weeks.