Trapping not the solution

Published 9:34am Monday, February 18, 2013

Non-lethal solutions to managing wildlife: 

Coyotes – good husbandry practices such as electrical fencing; field fencing; using guardian animals like dogs (great Pyrenees, Anatolian shepherds), llamas and donkeys; corralling at night; loud radios at night and motion sensor lights.

Hazing -  loud shouting, banging pots and pans, spraying with water hoses, loud radios, etc. all directed at a coyote if spotted on one’s property.

Beaver- flow devices work great and work out to be less money than paying a trapper since more beaver will come back.

Beaver deceivers

Fencing existing trees with 2” x 4” mesh fence.

Abrasive tree paint – exterior paint mixed with mason sand.

Beavers love willow and poplar, they hate conifers and hemlock, pines – so plant appropriately. They only travel 100” from the water.

Culvert protective fences.

You may remember an accident at Green river Plantation when their dog was killed in a beaver trap. Amanda Cantrell said she has paid the state and a trapper to help them with their beaver problem. They prefer not to kill the beaver and are very interested in learning about non-lethal long-term solutions.

Short-term solution – trap and kill tools.

Long-term solution – non-lethal wildlife management

The majority of Polk County does not want trapping.

- Deborah O’Donnell

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