Animal advocates are meeting with the Township of Langley council Monday night to chip away at policies focused on nuisance animals.
Fur-Bearers Spokesperson Adrian Nelson says the Township is hiring trappers to come in and kill beavers because they’re causing floods in the wetlands when they build dams.
“You know, the issue’s persisted there for probably decades, you know if not longer, so it just seems like a poor approach to keep doing the same thing when clearly it’s not working.”
Nelson calls the trapping a band-aid solution.
“Having a beaver in the area really isn’t an issue in itself, it’s just the flooding that they cause, so if you could put in infrastructure to control that flooding, you know, stop that flooding from happening, than you really don’t have any problems with the beavers being there.”
Nelson says he’d like to see pipe systems and fences installed instead behind the dams to prevent flooding.
This meeting comes in the wake of a beaver found dead from a leg trap last month on private property in Gloucester.
Councilor Charlie Fox says the licensed trappers the Township hire use underwater traps, but he says it’s not always the first measure they take.
“You know, our policy, which is fairly short and concise, where, when no other effective means of preventing or controlling the potential damage …of these animals, they may be removed by trapping.”
“Is trapping inhumane? Yes, it may be inhumane, there’s live traps, there’s leg-hold traps, there’s different types of trapping that goes on. In this case, it was a leg-hold trap, I don’t know why that was used versus a live trap, there must be a rationale and I’m just not sure what it is.”
He says the incident is being investigated because it sounds like somebody took that trap out of the water.