Animal Rights Activists to Protest Amherst Board Meeting

August 20, 2012 Updated Aug 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM EDT

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Animal Rights Activists to Protest Amherst Board Meeting

August 20, 2012 Updated Aug 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM EDT

AMHERST, NY (WKBW/Release) - Concerned citizens from across Western New York will attend the Amherst Town Board Meeting at 3 p.m. Monday, to voice opposition to the town's recent killing of beavers in Ellicott Creek, along the Amherst Bike Path near Memorial Park.

The Town of Amherst came under scrutiny when the public learned that the habitat of the beavers living in Ellicott Creek alongside the Amherst bike path were demolished. The group says this led to beavers being trapped and drowned.

After learning of the killings, members of the Amherst based group have been collecting signatures for a petition showing the community support to end the killings.

Amherst beavers came under attack after chewing on some of the memorial trees planted alongside Ellicott Creek. With the town's recent drought conditions, beavers looked to the trees along the bank as a material source for dam building.

The Town of Amherst has been controlling the beaver population in an attempt to protect the trees.

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