Fort Langley device averts beaver trapping

A new device in Fort Langley was built recently with the aim of letting beavers and humans live together in harmony.

Volunteers with the Association for the Protection of Fur Bearing Animals helped install a flow device at the corner of Jenny Lewis Avenue and Waska Street in Fort Langley’s Bedford Landing on Friday, Oct. 10.

The area has had flooding issues caused or exacerbated by beavers building dams in the nearby low-lying woodland area.

These kinds of problems aren’t uncommon around rural Langley. Beavers find a creek or even a deep ditch and will try to make themselves a pond by damming it.

In the past, the typical Township response has been to contract for the animals to be either relocated or trapped.

The flow device aims to avoid having to move the beavers.

It’s a relatively simple idea, which allows for the construction of a pipe and some fencing that allows water to flow around or under a beaver dam.

The beavers can build right over the flow device, but water will still continue to flow, said Lesley Fox of the Fur Bearers group.

Volunteers supplied labour to help build the Fort Langley device last Friday, and finished up just before the rains started, said Fox.

“It’s good to see that Langley is moving in the direction of having non-lethal solutions,” Fox said.

Surrey and other municipalities have already been moving in the direction of non-lethal solutions for some years, Fox said.

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