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Wildlife in Ottawa & Deer in BC

Published on September 21, 2012 by in Blog

Two updates we needed to circulate:

1)  Please sign the petition to protect Ottawa’s wildlife:

Dear Friend of Wildlife

Unless there is a strong message sent to Ottawa’s Mayor via this Petition, there will be more despicable actions taken against wildlife like ‘Lily’, Ottawa’s famous beaver. She is shown here trying to protect her two small kits when they were forced on shore after the City destroyed their lodge, leaving them homeless.

Supporting this Petition will be one of the most important actions you can take in determining the future for wildlife.  Not only in Ottawa but, as the Nation’s Capital, ill-informed and brutal wildlife policies here will set a bad precedent for other cities.

Wildlife organizations like ours urged the City of Ottawa to adopt a progressive Wildlife Strategy. Now, after two and a half years, our organizations have resigned in frustration because the proposed Strategy will result in an even more negative climate for wildlife in the Nation’s Capital. If approved, it will mean the on-going trapping and killing of beavers throughout the city and the labelling of urban wildlife as ‘nuisances’, including options for killing them.

So, please sign the Petition by clicking onto the image of ‘Lily’ below. And, forward it to your family, friends and colleagues, asking for their support. Wildlife are counting on our voice.

Donna DuBreuil,
Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre

2) Please keep-up-date about the human / deer conflict issue in BC by reading the following article: Cities to discuss urban deer issue

For those who are just joining us, Animal Alliance has been working for some time now on human / deer conflict in BC.  If you’d like to read more about the campaigns, please visit these two pages:

http://www.animalalliance.ca/campaigns/human-wildlife-conflict/victoria-deer.html

http://www.animalalliance.ca/campaigns/human-wildlife-conflict/invermere-deer.html

 
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Ottawa’s ‘justification’ dismantled

Published on September 11, 2012 by in Blog

Many people wrote to the City of Ottawa regarding Lily and her kits and received the following response from the City:

Thank you for your email, I appreciate your input. It appears you may not have all the pertinent information and there is more detail that may be of interest to you.

The beavers that were dwelling in the man-made storm sewer at the Paul Lindsay Pond have been successfully live-trapped and relocated to Morris Island in the Morris Island Conservation Area. The move was completed during the day, as the lighting in the pictures would indicate, and staff inform me that several passersby asked what was happening and the move was explained to them in the same manner. The relocation was authorised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and conducted by wildlife professionals and overseen by the same City Bylaw & Regulatory Services staffer who has tended the Royal Swans for most of her career.

I understand that Morris Island has plenty of food and space for the beaver and their activities will not impact private property (a picture of Morris Island is attached). As well, the water levels at Morris Island are controlled by Les Chats dam, so the beaver do not need to build their own dam. They can build the same type of bank lodge that they would have built at Paul Lindsay Park pond which they do in fact have sufficient time to carry out.

The conditions for the beaver in the pond in which they were living were less than ideal. They were, in fact, living in the one of the pond’s culverts (a picture of this location is attached). Essentially it is a sewer in which various gases can build up. Storm water management ponds are designed such that water can rise and fall over short periods of time and therefore, they make very unpredictable habitat for this type of animal.

The beaver had not had an opportunity to build a proper lodge and unless the water in the pond had risen substantially, the beaver would not have been able to do so. Our professional wildlife advisors and city staff determined that the window of opportunity to move the beaver to a more natural setting was now, when they still have time to settle in to a new location before winter. A picture of the beaver swimming in their new home is also attached.

I trust that this information will be of use to you.

Sincerely,

Jim Watson
Mayor
City of Ottawa

Sound reasonable?  Well, the City was made aware of all the options they had available to deal with these beaver progressively and non-lethally.  They chose to ignore those options.  Click here to read a backgrounder that dispels the Mayor’s claims in his response (his office received a copy).

Cities across Canada are all experiencing human / wildlife conflicts.  We can only hope the there are residents everywhere courageous enough to notify Animal Alliance and take up the fight collectively, for the animals.

Ever onwards.

 
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Ottawa’s Shame: Lily & her kits relocated

Published on September 10, 2012 by in Blog

You may already be aware of an effort in Ottawa to save a family of beaver in Paul Lindsay Park pond – a single mother, Lily, and her two kits.  It is with a heavy heart that we are reporting bad news.  Despite expert opinion, vocal concerned residents and our collective hard work, the family was relocated, which in this particular case means certain death for Lily and her kits.

photo courtesy of Stittsville Beaver Lodge blog

“To relocate a single beaver who is trying to care for young kits is simply inhumane,” says Donna DuBreuil of the Ottawa Carleton Wildlife Centre.  She continued “The city must adopt 21st century solutions to these problems by installing flow devices that prevent flooding, otherwise the Mayor and Council will continue to face stiff community opposition to the controversial trapping and killing approach to wildlife in Ottawa”.

This, unfortunately, is not an isolated incident.  Communities all across Canada are dealing with human / wildlife conflicts and very few politicians are taking an enlightened, non-lethal, progressive approach.

Please take a moment to read about Lily and her kits at www.animalalliance.ca.  It makes us sick to think about what this family endured.  Lily was so resourceful and tenacious.  We hope it helps her survive in a new and strange and environment and has a family once again.

If you can spare a moment, please call and / or email Ottawa’s mayor and express your disappointment and ask that Ottawa protect all wildlife, not persecute them.

Mayor Jim Watson

email:  jim.watson@ottawa.ca
phone:  613-580-2496

Please, help the animals in any way you can.  On their behalf, THANK YOU!!!

 
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