Beaver Trapping Is Still Occurring

Please be advised that the County's beaver abatement program is still underway. This program includes setting beaver traps in problematic areas across the County. If you encounter a beaver trap, do not go near or touch it; a beaver trap is a dangerous device. Dog owners are strongly advised to leash their pets when in lesser-travelled marshy areas of the County.

The County uses traps that are designed to kill instantly. These traps are placed in ditches and ravines, and are kept away from public trails and off-leash areas for the protection of dogs, park users and other wildlife. Traps are checked on a regular basis.

About the County's Beaver Abatement Program

Beavers pose an annual nuisance to residents living or working near County waterways. Beavers can damage or remove trees from your property, build dams and cause flooding that may put public safety and infrastructure at risk.The County's annual beaver abatement program helps manage high-risk areas prone to property or infrastructure damage caused by the activities of these rodents.

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.

The County strives to have many “tools in the toolbox” when managing beaver populations, including a tail bounty program; a full-time problem wildlife officer; and equipment dedicated to removing dams. The County also works with landowners who wish to keep beavers on their property. Visit LSAC.ca/beavers for more information on the County's beaver abatement program.


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