A keysone species in Canada for millennia, beavers are prolific throughout Lac Ste Anne County. Despite its status as a Canadian icon, the beaver poses considerable challenges to farms, communities and County infrastructure each year due to flooding; increased erosion from fallen trees along stream banks; water quality issues; and wildlife/ domestic interactions.
Where possible and permissible, Agricultural Services employs a variety of methods to prevent beaver dams and colonies from compromising the integrity of County roads and infrastructure.
Beaver Mitigation Resources
The County manages an annual Beaver Bounty Program to help control beaver overpopulation and related flooding incidents. Under this incentive, $40.00 per beaver tail is available, subject to certain conditions and limitations.
The County provides a broad summary of alternative beaver management solutions that can help mitigate beaver-related damage and loss, and that foster an environment of human-wildlife coexistence.
Working with Landowners to Manage Beaver Populations
If left unchecked, beavers can cause substantial damage to County infrastructure and private property alike. The County employs a number of humane, environmentally friendly strategies to keep beaver populations at bay, remove water blockages due to beaver habitats, and mitigate damage and loss wherever possible.
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