Humane drowning

P.E.I. will cull beavers this summer.

“I wish we had a magic wand to fix the problem,” said retired P.E.I. biologist Daryl Guignon. “But it’s not easy, let me tell you. The beavers are so prolific here, they’re in pretty well every watercourse,” so relocating them would be futile.

Clarence Ryan has been a government-contracted trapper in eastern P.E.I. since the beaver management program was first launched. Last season he killed 87 beavers with two types of traps, a traditional Conibear clamp and a submersible snare. The first, the “trap of choice” for professionals, is supposed to kill the beaver instantly, though some environmental groups say it often doesn’t. The second is meant to drown the animal in under five minutes.

“They’re humane, fast and efficient,” Ryan said.

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