Beaver Lodge in Guindon Park
With 500 acres it seemed preposterous to cull a family of 5 beavers that were living in the lodge, but after our request and story, the traps were moved to the mouth of the lodge wiping out the remaining beavers. As of last week there were two noticed, but it’s been over a week since any activity has been seen.
Young Snapping Turtles Frolic in Beaver Pond in Guindon Park
Council has sat silently by allowing this beaver family to be wiped out.
Only one councilor was willing to try and help, but he was soon overwhelmed by the rest of council and city management who seemed determined to wipe out the beavers to “assist” OPG with their request for Beaver Control as it’s close to, oddly enough, one of the largest man made dams in the world!
The good news, hopefully for the future, is that Lesley Fox, the Executive Director of Furbearerdefenders.com read our story on CFN and has sent an open letter to City Council here in Cornwall.
OPEN LETTER TO MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF CORNWALL RE: BEAVER TRAPPING IN GUINDON PARKDear Mayor Kilger and Council,We have recently learned the City of Cornwall is using traps to kill wildlife, namely beavers in Guindon Park.Not only are leg-hold, Conibear and snare traps cruel, they pose an immediate danger to non-target wildlife, pets and even children. Furthermore, trapping does nothing to solve your problem. Quite simply, you can kill as many beavers as you want, but in a short time, more animals will return to fill the open niche. Unless you secure the habitat/food source, you will always have a beaver problem..At the request of our members living in Cornwall, we would like to help you adopt a non-lethal approach to managing wildlife. We have experience installing alternatives such as the Beaver Deceiver, pond levellers and Beaver Bafflers. We would be more than happy to meet with your staff to evaluate sites where you are having a problem with beaver activity. We could also install these devices at NO COST to you..In addition to providing you with FREE solutions to manage your ‘nuisance’ wildlife, we would also like to encourage the City of Cornwall to adopt a bylaw to prohibit the use of the leg-hold, Conibear and snare trap (all body-gripping traps)..For your review, I have attached 3 documents:
- Working With Beavers – how to build non-lethal alternatives
- An example of a municipal trapping bylaw (Guelph, ON)
- Examples of non-target animals/children that have been killed or injured by trapsIn addition to these documents, I am more than happy to discuss with you at length the available non-lethal alternatives to trapping, and the cost saving benefits from these devices..In summary, our objective is to:1) Assist Cornwall in implementing non-lethal options for wildlife control2) Encourage Cornwall to prohibit the use of bodygripping traps (specifically leghold, Conibear and snare traps)If you are curious to see how leghold, Conibear and snare traps work, we encourage you to view our video “Crying Shame”. The video footage was given to us by a licensed trapper and was taken during trapping season. (Contains graphic footage). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIVmVMraR3I.Will the City of Cornwall take us up on our offer to help install alternatives to lethal trapping? Also, in the interest of public safety, will the city of Cornwall ban the use of body-gripping traps?.I am more than happy to answer and questions you may have about this issue, you can reach me directly at: 604-435-1850. I will be following up with each of you regarding this issue in the coming weeks..Thank you for your consideration .Lesley FoxExecutive DirectorThe Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals
215-3989 Henning Dr.Burnaby, BC V5C 6P8Tel: 604-435-1850Cell: 778-892-5369You can also follow us at:
In the meanwhile Rebecca Sorrell will continue to don her Rubber boots and keep bring her daughter to Guindon park to learn some of the mysteries of nature. She’s now taken her online petition to print with many local stores jumping on board, and is hoping to galvanize support at Monday night’s Council meeting. She’s encouraging anyone that cares about this subject to attend. She’s also applied to present to council, but there was no reply as of this print date.
The question I asked Rebecca and am hearing from more people is whether someone should be held accountable at City Hall for this travesty against nature? The loud answers for the most part are yes.
It’s also extremely embarrassing to have Councilor Bernadette Clement sit in silence on this issue while being on the board of the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Science. While the councilor may apparently not know better, the trained scientists that she has access to probably do. I would hope that they have the courage to ask her to step down immediately if does not have the sense to do so on her own.
You can post your comment below and to sign Rebecca’s petition online CLICK HERE.