Parks Canada asked to con­sider other op­tions than killing beavers

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PEN­DER IS­LAND — A bat­tle over beavers is brew­ing on South Pen­der Is­land, where res­i­dents are vow­ing to save the an­i­mals from eu­thana­sia.

The beavers have been build­ing their own dams in Green­burn Lake, threat­en­ing an earthen dam con­structed on part of the Gulf Is­land Na­tional Park Re­serve, an area ad­min­is­tered by Parks Canada.

Wendy Sc­hole­field, a trustee with the Is­lands Trust, says Parks Canada put up a no­tice by the lake last week say­ing the beavers would be trapped and killed on Mon­day.

Sc­hole­field says she and the other trustee for the area were also emailed about the plan, adding Parks Canada an­nounced it with­out the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion that had been promised.

She says res­i­dents were set to stage a protest Mon­day, but Parks Canada put the plan on hold un­til the end of the week. Nathan Car­di­nal, Parks Canada’s act­ing su­per­in­ten­dent for the re­serve, wasn’t avail­able for com­ment. Sc­hole­field says she and Car­di­nal were to dis­cuss other op­tions today.

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