By Jim Stanford on September 21, 2012
For the second time this season, Grand Teton National Park has been forced to close the Moose-Wilson Road by a family of pesky beavers. The road will be closed Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning.
The beavers have built a large dam and lodge in the wetlands north of the Death Canyon road. The dam has “created a substantial pond that threatens to completely flood the road and cause structural damage,” according to a park release.
The beavers have been brazen, crossing the road to cut trees and shrubs and bringing branches back to shore up their construction. Tourists looking for moose in the pond have had to drive through water at times.
Earlier this year, the park installed a device to allow water to pass through the dam, but the beav’s would not be deceived. They packed the pipe with mud and stopped the flow.
During Monday’s closure, the park will try again with a longer pipe. Eventually, the park plans to relocate this portion of the road away from wetlands.
The sabotage of Moose-Wilson Road is the latest blow in the beaver uprising against the human occupation of Jackson Hole. A few winters ago, beavers struck by felling a prominent stand of cottonwoods along Flat Creek in west Jackson.