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What is "Non-lethal mitigation"? To understand what non-lethal mitigation is you need to understand the main reason that beaver are trapped in Idaho: Flooding. In order to prevent flooding of roads, canals, homes and other structures constructed in the flood zone, local road crews, irrigation districts and ranchers call upon trappers to remove the beaver in the stream. But because you cannot trap a single offending beaver and fix the problem, every beaver 1 mile upstream and 1 mile downstream is trapped. These beaver are typically not kept for their pelt, but thrown into the landfill.
Non-lethal mitigation are structures, devices, and strategies designed to fix the root cause of the problem by modifying beaver behavior. The picture at the right is just one example of how one device, the Flexible Pond Leveler (tm) addresses local flooding yet lets the beaver remain. Help us convince the Bannock, Caribou, and Bear Lake County commissioners to deploy such devices to avoid perpetual beavers problems yet leave the beaver in place. County commissioners you may email the Commissioners at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell them that you support non-lethal mitigation to resolve beaver-caused flooding.
Thank you to all who commented on the furbearer season setting. At last count, there were 5 written and 30+ email comments supporting WG's position on beaver trapping in Region V, or SE Idaho. At the commission meeting, we had 4 WG volutneers give testimony on beaver trapping which blew the doors off the comments from the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation and the Idaho Trappers Association. So what do we do? Wait? No. We need you to keep up the pressure.