Tree wiring event - Griffith Woods
in Discovery Ridge
• Volunteers will help us protect trees in Griffith Woods before the beavers get busy preparing for winter. Join us for a volunteer wiring event on September 24 from 9 a.m. - noon.
The City’s approach to beaver management
The City’s practice is to try and strike a balance between health of the surrounding areas and the wellbeing of the beavers.
When required, The City uses different measures to protect trees and property to make our river parks unappealing to beavers. Depending on the situation, we may use a combination of the following:
• Placing metal wiring around tree trunks.
• Planting varieties of trees along the shore that are less palatable.
• Placing under-dam drains to control water levels.
We consider all other options before turning to trapping. However, in some cases it is required. When we do remove beavers, we use traps that are designed to kill instantly. The traps are placed under water for the protection of dogs, park users and other wildlife, and are checked daily.
Unfortunately, relocation of beavers to another area is not an option. Alberta Environment and Parks does not support moving beavers. There is a low rate of beaver survival, and an increased risk of the transfer of diseases. Relocation can also upset the balance of ecological functions, and can potentially create future human-beaver conflicts.
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