People can live alongside beavers

We too can enjoy our beavers instead of living with memories of dead beavers.

To the Editor,

Re: Community should coexist with furry friends, Letters, Oct. 17.

Why can’t we be like them? A delightful boardwalk in Hinton, Alta., connects the community to the amazing life of beavers.  Local citizens trek the three-kilometre boardwalk as recreation and are able to observe the routine of the animals up close. They are used to people and go about their business only a few feet away. The water level is controlled so that beavers need not be concerned about felling trees to shore up dams to save their homes.

Near Nanaimo in Moorecroft Regional Park, there is a beaver deceiver which controls the water flow there and, thus maintains the integrity of the park..

In view of the fact that the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals has volunteered its services to outline a beaver coexistence program which teaches city staffers to install flow devices to prevent flooding and infrastructure damage, etc., I implore the City of Nanaimo to take up the offer.

We too can enjoy our beavers instead of living with memories of dead beavers.

Betty Shawvia e-mail