Reintroduced in the 1930s, [beavers] are now creating a gnawing problem for public and private landowners in low-lying areas such as Jackson Park, the Hendersonville Airport and nearby properties along the Mud and Bat Fork Creek drainages.
“They’re just terrible,” said Jerry Moore, who has maintained the WNC Air Museum Airport, also known as Johnson Field, for 25 years. “They back the water up to the runway. They’ll raise it up a couple of feet. Last week, I dug (a beaver dam) out of the field and it dropped the water down 18 inches. They’ll be back, but it helps for a while.”