Bill Would Create Pilot Program for Nonlethal Solutions for Human-Beaver Conflict

House Resolution 9501, the Developing Alternative Mitigation Systems (DAMS) for Beavers Act, would invest in effective, nonlethal solutions to reduce property damage caused by this keystone species known as “ecosystem engineers.” The DAMS for Beavers Act would establish a federal pilot grant program of $1 million per year for five years to cover the costs of installing and maintaining nonlethal systems in urban and rural areas experiencing human-beaver conflicts. The bill was introduced by Representative Suzan DelBene and has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources. The bill text is not yet publicly available.