City of Cornwall Beaver Control Initiative
The City of Cornwall contracts the services of a Licensed Trapper, Mr. Pat Quinn, to set and periodically check beaver traps in the City.
Traps are used to control the population of beavers, which is showing an increase from previous years. The traps were placed in mid November and will be removed in mid December. Beaver traps are placed under water, in a stream or pond outlet, and always in an area far removed from pedestrian activity.
Three (3) beaver traps were placed in Guindon Park this year in mid November, however only one (1) trap remains due to a reduced need for trapping at this location. The remaining trap is located underwater, immediately east of Trillium Drive, near Lake St. Lawrence. As an added precaution, snow fencing and bilingual warning signs have been installed in proximity to the trap location.
There is one (1) beaver trap located in Eco Park, immediately east of Rotary Lane (at the far west end of Lamoureux Park). The trap is placed under water each night after 6:00 p.m. then removed each following morning at 6:00 a.m..
Power Dam Area
There is one (1) beaver trap located in the Power Dam area, west of the parking lot and recreational path at the end of Second Street. This trap is placed under water and located far away from pedestrian areas.
The City has placed seven (7) other beaver traps in rural and remote areas of the City. The traps are located on private lands and the property owners are aware of their existence. These areas are not readily accessible to the public and are far removed from any pedestrian activity.
On occasion, the City of Cornwall employs licensed trappers to control populations of nuisance animals, such as beavers and groundhogs, which can damage property and/or create safety hazards by their activities. Trapping is typically restricted to a short period of time and is only used when animal populations reach certain levels. Traps are never placed in areas that would cause a danger to citizens.
The intent of the beaver trapping is to minimize damage caused by the beaver population, including but not limited to the flooding of the park road network/pathways, the destruction of vegetation and the damming of pond outlets.
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