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PostPosted: 15 Sep 2006, 14:10 
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Beaver trapping under fire in Fraser Valley
Last Updated: Monday, August 28, 2006 | 12:38 PM PT
CBC News
An anti-trapping group says it's time Langley Township stopped trapping beavers that cause flooding problems in the Fraser Valley community.

The town trapper caught 50 beavers last year, with the township selling the pelts and discarding the carcasses.

George Clements, the 80-year-old head of the Fur-Bearer Defenders, says there are more humane ways of dealing with the animals when they create problems.

"We're constantly moving in and taking away their areas," he said. "And to see beavers playing together is a pure joy."

Clements says the municipality should consider setting up pond levellers that make water too low for beavers to build dams.

He also suggests catching and releasing — a practice no longer endorsed by the provincial government because it causes conflicts with other animals.

But Brad Badelt, an engineer with the township, says when beaver dams flood farms or roads, trapping is the best way to deal with the problem.

"I would say 90 per cent of the township would be fair game for beavers to do what they do, but there are certain areas along roads where it really impacts property and flooding, where it's the only option."

Badelt says rapid development means the beaver's natural predators have moved away from the area, allowing the beaver population to grow.

The municipality is advertising for a new trapper after the former employee retired.

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PostPosted: 15 Sep 2006, 16:40 
My letter to them:

Too many people feel that the harvest of wild animals is cruel and unwarranted. What these people fail to realize is that for us to stop would result in certain death and destruction of an entire species. When an environment's carrying capacity (how many animals an area can hold) is reduced, be it through residential development or agricultural expansion, there must be a way to control populations of wild animals, through trapping, hunting, etc. If there is not, the result is wide spread disease as a result of infighting, territorial disputes and inbreeding. The population will implode. Starvation will insue. And then what? The animals are just going to move away? Not likely.

Massachusetts is a perfect example of what stopping beaver trapping results in. From 1996 to 2001, our beaver population skyrocketed from 24,000 to over 70,000 as a result of a trapping ban. In the past two years, over 5 people, -CHILDREN- died from mosquito borne diseases like West Nile and EEE. Mosquitos come from stangant water. Stagnant water comes from beaver dams.

No species has ever been the victim of extirpation as a result of REGULATED trapping. Stop looking at the tree, back up, and check out the forest people. And ask yourself, who matters more? Your child? Or some rodent?

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