Metrolinx wants to drain two beavers’ pond and farm the rodents

Metrolinx is planning to drain the pond where two beavers live and farm these beavers, reports our Rich Brown. The move has become an environmental story in the state as locals, including the National…

Metrolinx wants to drain two beavers’ pond and farm the rodents

Metrolinx is planning to drain the pond where two beavers live and farm these beavers, reports our Rich Brown. The move has become an environmental story in the state as locals, including the National Wildlife Federation, are rallying against the practice.

The ponds, located in Elora, Ontario, are an important breeding area for the perch-loving species, reports Brown. Local residents are deeply concerned about the beavers’ food supplies and say they aren’t aware of the potential risks posed by draining the pond.

Metrolinx maintains the beavers were an invasive species and that draining the pond would make the area more ecologically sustainable. In a letter to the Wildlife Federation, Metrolinx said that the beavers are “beavering away quietly” and that “their rate of activity has declined considerably.” The letter also claims that dropping the ponds out of harm’s way will allow the water to flush pesticides and fertilizers that could be affecting nearby streams and tributaries.

In an interview with CBC News, Lindsay Nickle, a biologist with the WWF-Canada, argues that the elimination of the beavers could be a “devastating” situation for Ontario’s ecosystem. “I think it’s a real concern for the beavers if Metrolinx decides to go forward with its plan to move the pond,” Nickle told CBC News. “It would displace hundreds of beavers.”

Besides the fears about the beavers’ well-being, locals also fear that the beavers will be pushed out of their habitats and lose access to their traditional food sources, including sediment.

The situation sparked outrage when it first came to light that Metrolinx was planning to remove the beavers. The Wildlife Federation submitted an open letter that was posted on the group’s website this week. The letter has garnered significant media attention.

Metrolinx sent the WWF a letter stating it would keep this data under review. This week, the organization wrote back to the Wildlife Federation asking to meet with the organization to share information about the monitoring of beavers in its conservation habitat. It will also be creating an internal advisory board to “provide oversight” of Metrolinx’s beaver management plans.

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