In a recent blog post, Alder Larry Palm told his constituents that the city is trapping and/or allowing trapping of beavers at Warner Park. He said that park staff noticed twelve trees around the lagoon that have either fallen or have irreparable damage, and they have determined that beavers caused the damage.
It has been reported that beavers can hold their breath for up to 15 minutes. Being trapped underwater and finally drowning after struggling to escape for 15 minutes would be a horrible death for a beaver, or anyone else.
We wonder why the City of Madison jumps immediately to lethal methods and seems to ignore humane methods to “control” or learn to co-exist with wildlife. A simple search on Google for “humane ways to control beavers” provides several options, including those listed on The Humane Society of the United States’ page titled “What to Do About Beavers.”
The beaver population has rebounded due to its protection in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They are here to stay; they are sharing the planet with us, so we need to find a way to live with beavers rather than killing them. Trying to solve the problem by killing them isn’t compassionate, but that seems to be the Madison way with wildlife. Consider the “goose roundups” when geese are rounded up and killed because their poop bothers a few people.
This is a horrible idea. It is not forward thinking. It is lazy thinking. We are better than this.
What You Can Do
- Attend the Board of Park Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, April 5 and speak up against this.
- If you live in Madison, go to the Common Council webpage to find your Alder’s address, phone number, and email address.
- Make a call and tell your Alder that you do not want the city to kill beavers at Warner Park, and that they should stop immediately and find non-lethal ways to mitigate any serious problems the beavers might cause. There is power in numbers, so every call matters.
- Call Mayor Soglin’s office (see #5). Tell him the same thing you told your Alder.
- Share this post on your Facebook page. Ask your friends to share it. Tweet about it.
- Mayor’s Office, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Room 403. Phone: 608-266-4611. Contact the Mayor
- Check back at the Alliance for Animals website for more info or news.