Beaver battle to close the Moose-Wilson Road
By Mark Huffman, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
September 22, 2012
Beavers and federal officials continue to differ on engineering along the Moose-Wilson Road.
As a result, the road will close Monday afternoon and into the night while Grand Teton National Park workers try to keep the rodents from flooding the road with their dam industriousness.
Beavers began work earlier this year adjacent to the road, just north of Death Canyon. Rising water reached pavement level before park workers installed some PVC pipes through the dam to keep the pond draining and water away from the road.
But a park spokeswoman said this week “the resourceful beavers simply packed this flow device with mud” and went on with normal beaver business.
The park will now install longer pipes so the intake is farther from the dam. It’s hoped that will “lessen the beavers’ natural reaction to the sound and feel of flowing water and halt their urge to again block the pipes with mud.”
The road will close at 2 p.m. Monday, and stay closed until 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Through traffic will be blocked between Death Canyon and Moose. The Death Canyon trailhead and the Rockefeller Preserve will be reachable from the south.