The Times-Dispatch has this short story with many comments about how authorities at a Richmond-area botanical garden shot and killed a beaver that had been making a nuisance of his (or her) little fuzzy brown self.
From the comments:
"The beaver was a pest? I know some people who are pests, should they also be shot?"
"What happens when a citizen clubs to death an attacking alligator in the James? He gets fined. But an innocent beaver is executed for gnawing shrubs. Where's the justice?"
"It's okay as long as you make a hat from the hide and stew from the meat."