A group of families in Oshawa, Ontario Canada had finally had enough of improper beaver removal. They had learned that many beavers were being trapped inhumanely in grotesque metal traps that snapped on their legs. The beavers were left to suffer until they were either freed or died.
The group met on a public sidewalk, holding up signs denouncing the use of inhumane methods to control the growing beaver population. They laid one of the traps on the sidewalk, pressed one of the wires with a shovel, and watched as the crowd jumped back in surprise and shock. The trap shut fast and quick, and it wasn’t hard to imagine the awful pain and terror a beaver would experience if its leg were caught.
More humane methods of beaver removal have been developed and are used throughout the world. But, as one protestor said, “They are using our tax dollars to buy and set these traps.” Another one added, “Yeah, $3,000 to buy a $20 trap.”
Admittedly, this type of trap has been illegal for the past four or five years, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still being used. Even if the government wasn’t using it in their current efforts to control the beaver population, individual property owners were setting this type of trap up, and would often not check them regularly, leaving the beaver to suffer.
Beavers aren’t normally thought of as a pest, but they can be. A family of beaver can take down about 400 trees a year. They can alter waterways with their dams, which can result in flooded homes or roads. Local water supplies can be contaminated when natural waterways are altered by beaver dams.
And beaver populations are on the rise. In some areas, beaver removal has become more and more necessary.
These Canadian protestors aren’t debating whether or not beaver removal is necessary. They are simply calling for more humane ways of combating the increasing problem.
First, identify that you have a problem. Look for felled trees or trees stripped of their bark around the base. You can look for a burrowed den in the water bank. Of course, beaver dams are a pretty obvious symptom.
Then, the best course of action is to contact a true professional, who can set traps to capture the large rodent and release them in an area where they can’t cause as much damage. Beaver repellants are also a good idea, to discourage other beavers from setting up shop on your property. Proper beaver removal can save your trees, ornamental gardens, and property lines.