Trapping not the solutionPublished 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.
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