Stop Ottawa from Trapping and Killing Resident Beavers

Target: Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson

Goal: Begin using flow pipe and fence devices to humanely control the beaver issues in Lindsay Pond Park.

The beavers in Lindsay Pond Park, Ottawa are causing floods and posing harm to infrastructure, like drains. In November, city officials halted cruel body-gripping traps and snares in order to explore more humane solutions. Unfortunately, the city is again considering the trapping methods which clamp down on necks or legs, causing the beavers to drown or attempt to chew themselves free. Please sign this petition asking Ottawa to control the beavers using humane flow pipe and fence devices that have proven themselves in similar environments.

According to PETA, “Body-gripping, steel-jaw, and snare traps are horribly cruel. Animals suffocate when the traps clamp down on their necks, or they drown (which can take up to 15 minutes, all the while experiencing extreme terror and pain) when traps pin them underwater. Panicked animals trapped in shallow water can also drown, and many victims attempt to chew themselves free.” Beavers are a Keystone species, meaning that the environmental changes they cause have far-reaching and important benefits for biodiversity and our environment. Beavers and their behaviors preserve wetland habitats and their dams often benefit humans by preventing flooding in the right places. Beavers are not to be killed off, but controlled using the available, humane, and cost effective flow pipe and fencing devices.

These man-made manipulations to beaver environments prevent the area from providing a good home to the beavers. Trapping is only a short-term solution as new beavers will still look at the area as an attractive home and move in. Please sign this petition and encourage Mayor Watson to use flow pipe and fence devices to humanely control the beaver issues in Lindsay Pond Park.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Watson,

Despite halting beaver trapping initiatives in Ottawa last year, city officials are reportedly again considering these cruel and inhumane methods to deal with beaver issues in Lindsay Pond Park. According to PETA, “Body-gripping, steel-jaw, and snare traps are horribly cruel. Animals suffocate when the traps clamp down on their necks, or they drown (which can take up to 15 minutes, all the while experiencing extreme terror and pain) when traps pin them underwater. Panicked animals trapped in shallow water can also drown, and many victims attempt to chew themselves free.” Please ditch these terribly cruel and archaic methods in favor of humane, cost-effective, and efficient flow pipe and fence devices.

In murdering the beavers, you are not actually curtailing the appeal of the area for other beavers. It is a short-term solution that guarantees the issues to present themselves again. Flow pipe and fence devices provide a cost-effective and easy-to-maintain system of blocking the beavers from the habitat’s most appealing features. Ottawa would be able to pick and choose the environments that cannot handle a beaver population, forcing them into habitats that work for both humans and beavers.

Beavers are a Keystone species, meaning the environmental changes they cause are vast and provide important benefits for biodiversity and our environment. Beavers and their homes also work to preserve the wetlands and surrounding environments that depend on the ecosystem. Please investigate and employ humane methods when controlling the beavers in Lindsay Pond Park.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: The Diary of an NL Programmer: The A-Z of Positivity. Beavers via Yahoo

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2 Comments

  1. I for one, am all for this petition I live in Ottawa ! I hope you get enough signatures!

  2. I am happy to see a petition about this issue, because we have been fighting for a humane Wildlife Strategy in Ottawa for years now. However, this petition has inaccuracies that will harm this cause. It is clear that Liz Mellem did not research the details well. First of all, and most importantly, the beaver in PAUL Lindsay Park pond (the name of the park is incorrect) were NOT causing flooding, and never did. The City of Ottawa was claiming that the beaver MAY cause flooding, which is why they had to be removed, but that was not going to happen. The pond was deep enough for beaver to survive, so they did not need to build a dam. People will read this petition and think that the beaver were actually causing damage, and they were not. Please correct this petition (contact me for details – I am the person who started this campaign over one year ago) or delete it. Thanks.

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