Originally posted on Metro News:
Call it a battle for the beavers.
Animal activists, including those on the city’s Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, want to see councillors pass new rules for how the woodland creatures — and their dams — are handled in the city.
“Typically in London, trapping is used. That’s the archaic method,” said Deb Harris, who until last month sat on the committee and is continuing to work on the issue. “Other municipalities have employed non-lethal alternatives successfully.”
Tempers flared in the beaver debate Monday when city staff asked council’s planning and environment committee asking for permission to continue trapping the animals if they pose harm to infrastructure, like drains.
That, members of the animal welfare committee, flies in the face of a June council decision requiring that administrators trap no more beavers until a report on other means of warding off the creatures is heard.
Coun. Bud Polhill, chair of the…
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