03/14/2012 03:22 EDT | Updated 05/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan sets its sight on beaver control in wake of flood problems

REGINA - Saskatchewan has Canada's national animal in its sight as the province tries to deal with two years of flooding on the countryside.

Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud (BEHN'-rod) says beavers have added to flood problems because they block culverts and prevent water from flowing.

Bjornerud says that has led to increased damage which costs farmers and ranchers a lot of money.

The federal and provincial governments are giving the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities $500,000 to administer a beaver control program.

About 35,000 beavers were killed under last year's pilot program.

The association is also getting $1 million to continue administering a rat control program and $50,000 to continue a wild boar control program.