Stop the trapping of beaver in the City of Ottawa
  • Petitioned Mayor of Ottawa - Jim Watson

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Mayor of Ottawa - Jim Watson
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Stop the trapping of beaver in the City of Ottawa

    1. Anita Utas
    2. Petition by

      Anita Utas

      Ottawa, Canada

Tell Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson, that you want to see the trapping and killing of beaver in Ottawa stopped.

On Friday, June 29th, City of Ottawa workers destroyed the home of two famous beaver, Lily and Lucky, and their two newborn kits, Hope and Harmony. That the City did this on the day leading up to the holiday weekend when they knew few would be around to oppose it or get the media involved, shows that they knew it was wrong. There is something sadly ironic that Canada’s national emblem, the beaver, would be attacked on the Canada Day holiday when, in fact, it should be celebrated.

Video of Lily trying to rebuild the lodge

Video of Lily and one of her kits

The beaver were not taking down trees or blocking the culverts as was stated in the Notice that was sent to residents around the pond. These beaver cannot relocate themselves because of the drought - Poole Creek wetlands have dried up, as have the other waterways near by. If the beaver move on, they risk being trapped and killed by the City because beaver are not allowed in City waterways. Since their lodge was destroyed, the City has repeatedly dismantled any new attempts at rebuilding a home. Lucky, the male, has not been seen since the lodge was obliterated.

Ottawa, the Nation’s Capital, continues to trap and kill several hundred beavers every year because it is too backward to use more progressive solutions like tree wrapping protection and water flow devices to prevent flooding. These are humane solutions that are increasingly used in other North American cities so what is wrong with this City? It is not surprising that Ottawa is earning the reputation of being the most “Wildlife Unfriendly City in Canada."

The City has said it will soon release its long-overdue Wildlife Strategy, with a detailed evaluation of its beaver-management practices. We are very concerned that it will continue the regressive and inhumane practice of killing beavers because, it seems, that's what City staff prefer to do. We need to tell Mayor Watson, enough with the killing.

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    1. Updates included in the new petition, please sign and share!

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone,
      Thank you so much for signing this petition. Unfortunately, I cannot give you good news about Lily, Lucky and their kits. The City of Ottawa now has a draft for a new Wildlife Strategy that still includes trapping and killing beaver. We have a new petition and I hope if you haven't signed it yet, you will sign and share! It includes information about what happened to Lily and her family, and a link to the Animal Alliance website that has news articles, media releases, a copy of the new Wildlife Strategy that calls wildlife, "Nuisance animals", and the resignation of two animal welfare groups from the City of Ottawa's Wildlife Strategy committee. They could not support this draft, and felt they must resign. Please help by signing this new petition. Thank you! http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/mayor-jim-watson-of-ottawa-stop-the-killing-of-wildlife-in-ottawa

    2. July 30th protest at City Hall attracts media attention

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      Approximately 15 people joined the demonstration on July 30 at City Hall, asking the Mayor to spare the lives of Lily and her two kits, and have them relocated to a safe wildlife refuge, plus stop the trapping and killing of beaver in the City waterways. The Ministry of Natural Resources can issue an exemption, allowing the CIty to live trap and relocate these homeless beaver. The demonstration was covered by CBC news, Ottawa Metro and 24 Hours Ottawa, as well as blogs by Michael Howie and Martinez Beaver's Heidi Perryman. We are waiting for word from the CIty about whether they will do the right thing and allow the live trapping and relocation of Lily and her kits.

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Lily has a baby!

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      On the morning of July 22nd, I saw a baby beaver with Lily, on the shore of the pond. It is now more urgent than ever for the City of Ottawa to stop destroying any attempts at rebuilding a new lodge. The kit is very young and probably cannot dive on its own yet. Lily has attempted to construct a new lodge just a few feet down shore from where their first home was located. Due to the drought, there are no waterways for the beaver to move to, so the City needs to desist their harassment of these beaver.

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Level 1 Low Water Conditions make it impossible for beaver to relocate

      Anita Utas
      Petition Organizer

      On June 1st, an advisory was posted for the Ottawa area, by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, stating that water levels are lower than normal. The drought has continued, and has dried up waterways leading out of the pond where Lily and Lucky lived. The nearby Poole Creek wetland has completely dried up. Therefore, the City of Ottawa did not take into account the fact that the beaver will not be able to relocate at this time, and they destroyed their lodge in spite of this. Please share this petition and write to the Mayor of Ottawa to express your deep concerns over the City's mismanagement of this situation. The City has made an egregious mistake and they need to be held accountable.

    7. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Sandra Schaefer ROSWELL, NH
      • 7 months ago

      All creatures have a God given right to life, to live in harmony and peace, pursuing their daily lives as God intended. Mankind in all its infinite wisdom and having dominion over all creatures large and small, has become greedy and perverted in its husbandry over these creatures, creating more and worse problems in seeking selfish solutions. Stop senseless slaughter and seek humane solutions! All creatures have a God given right to life, to live in harmony and peace, pursuing their daily lives as God intended. Mankind in all its infinite wisdom and having dominion over all creatures large and small, has become greedy and perverted in its husbandry over these creatures, creating more and worse problems in seeking selfish solutions. Stop senseless slaughter and seek humane solutions!

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    • boyd hore ARMIDALE, AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      Leave the BEAVERS alone .

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    • Leslene Dunn CLAREMONT, SOUTH AFRICA
      • 10 months ago

      Is there no living creature on earth that we can treat with love, kindness and compassion. Rotten sobs.

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    • Mary C TORONTO, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      All beings love and cherish life, just like us. Please watch shows "Animal World" on www.suprememastertv.com to understand the noble and loving nature of animals.

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    • ZILKA DAMIEN AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE
      • over 1 year ago

      yes i sign !!!!

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