Target: United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Encourage US states to replace cruel beaver trapping methods with safer alternatives.
Beavers are large semi-aquatic rodents who are best known for their outstanding ability to construct dams and lodges out of trees and branches that they gnaw to size with their large front incisors. Beavers are the largest rodents found in North America. Worldwide, the only rodent species to grow larger than a beaver is the capybara.
The North American Beaver’s habitat is the riparian zone, or areas including and surrounding stream beds. Within this ecosystem, the beaver is a keystone species. Beaver dams create wetlands that serve as homes to countless numbers of wildlife and plant species. Beavers have been shown to improve water quality, protect the land from the effects of drought, and decrease soil erosion. During the 19th century, beavers were almost completely eliminated from their natural habitats by trappers. The animals’ supple fur was commonly used to make clothing and hats. A later restoration program served to restore the depleted beaver population.
To this day, beavers are still commonly trapped and killed. Their dams, which are mostly beneficial, can sometimes contribute to undesirable flooding. Flooding roads, homes, and developments often times causes local governments to hire trappers to trap and kill the animals. Removing beavers, however, is usually only a short-term solution. It doesn’t usually take very long for new beavers to move into any desirable habitat.
Not only is trapping beavers usually not very effective, but it is also dangerous. Leg-hold, snare, and Conibear traps, set out for nuisance beavers, can also trap and kill non-target wildlife species and companion animals. Because of the ecological benefit that beavers provide, it would be prudent for US towns to learn to peacefully co-exist with these animals rather than kill them. Several non-lethal devices, such as the Beaver Deceiver, Beaver Stop, Beavercone, and Flexible Pond Leveller, have been developed to deter beavers from areas where they are not desired. Even simpler methods, such as wrapping trees with wire fencing, have also proven effective against beavers.
By signing this petition, you are urging the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to utilize some of the cost-effective, non-lethal beaver deterrent methods over cruel and dangerous trapping techniques. If your own town experiences problems with nuisance beavers, encourage your local government to deal with the problem humanley.
Dear United States Fish and Wildlife Service,
As you well know, beavers are an important riparian zone species. Their dams create wetlands that serve as homes to countless numbers of wildlife and plant species. They have shown to improve water quality, protect the land from the effects of drought, and decrease soil erosion. Beavers are an important keystone species.
Despite all the benefits they provide, these animals are still often times trapped and killed when they are labeled as a nuisance. However, not only are current trapping techniques inhumane, but they are also dangerous to other wildlife species and companion animals. Many other non-lethal and cost-effective methods for dealing with nuisance beavers have been developed.
Please consider utilizing safer and more humane deterrent methods to handle nuisance beavers. Encourage and educate state governments to deal with these important living creatures with respect. Thank you.
[Your Name Here]