During the snowbirds airshow on May 11, 2020 one local resident was watching the display at Topsail Island near Bellevue park, when it was brought to her attention that someone had mentioned they were at the park to trap and cull beavers because they had been causing too much damage to the trees. This sparked a huge interest, considering last year’s incident with Parks Canada.
After further investigation it has been confirmed that no persons had been hired to cull and trap the beavers.
“The City is investigating the incident. It is not the City’s intention to cull beavers. We cannot speculate on the details, but if the beavers were culled, we will ensure that as much as possible the City’s certified contractor will be given specific direction to live trap and relocate beavers on a going forward basis as has been past practice.” said Tessa Vecchio, Corporate Communications Officer, City of Sault Ste. Marie.
According to several by-laws indicated by Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 41 section 5.
No hunting or trapping of certain species is tolerated. A person shall not hunt or trap specially protected wildlife or any bird that belongs to a species that is wild by nature and is not a game bird. (Fish and Wildlife Conservation, 2009, c. 33, Sched. 22, s. 2 (5)).
For further information please go to https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/980667 or https://saultstemarie.ca/Cityweb/media/Legal/By-laws/2019-117-Animal-Care-and-Control-Consolidated.pdf.