Community should coexist with furry friends

We hope that residents of Nanaimo and the surrounding areas will be wary of leg-hold and other body-gripping traps.

To the Editor,

Re: Hikers stumble on traps near Linley Valley, Oct. 10.

The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals was informed of the growing concerns regarding trapping in the area of Nanaimo and are reaching out to council with an offer of free assistance.

For many years, APFA has worked with municipalities to develop scientifically based coexistence strategies to prevent the cruel and unsuccessful trapping of beavers. From Cornwall, Ont., to Mission, B.C, we have – at no cost – installed and taught city staffers to install flow devices to prevent flooding, infrastructure damage and other concerns presented by residents.

Last week, APFA sent a letter to Nanaimo council outlining our beaver coexistence program and offering our services at no cost.

We also hope that residents of Nanaimo and the surrounding areas will be wary of leg-hold and other body-gripping traps. We have recorded an annual increase in the number of domestic animals caught or killed in these traps.

Lesley Foxexecutive directorAssociation for Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals