The Fur-Bearers ready to assist with Pender Island beavers

The Fur-Bearers ready to assist with Pender Island beavers

A family of beavers in British Columbia had crosshairs rested on them from Parks Canada until residents cried foul – and now The Fur-Bearers are offering assistance to the government to help them co-exist with the semi-aquatic mammals.

The CBC reported that Parks Canada had planned on trapping a colony of beavers who were damming in Greenburn Lake on South Pender Island, part of the Gulf Islands between the mainland and Vancouver Island. Parks Canada officials told the CBC that the beaver activity was threatening a man-made dam, and killing the family was necessary.

The uproar caused by local residents and advocates prompted Parks Canada to issue a stay on the killing order, and also brought the issue to the attention of The Fur-Bearers.

We can confirm that we are in communication with Parks Canada representatives involved in the Greenburn Lake issue, and have offered our assistance. This offer ranges from offering basic advice from our experienced beaver co-existence expert on adjustments to methods attempted, right up to heading out to get into the lake and build new flow devices ourselves.

These devices can prevent beavers from damming in specific areas, or can manage waterflow through existing dams. In addition to tree-wrapping and habitat maintenance, they are highly efficient methods that negate the need for killing, which is ultimately a bandage solution (if one beaver thought the area was desirable, many more will, too).

Blog: What is a flow device?

We will continue to post updates as we have more information and do our very best to find a way for Parks Canada to co-exist with the beavers of Greenburn Lake.


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