April 7th marks Beaver Day.
The beaver may be the national animal of Canada, but it can be found everywhere across North America. A large portion of the beaver population can be found in British Columbia and in lakes and streams all over the rest of Canada. The world’s largest beaver dam stretches 850 meters deep in the thick wilderness of northern Alberta.
In the past, beavers were overhunted for their fur and meat, threatening their population. Their numbers have since risen due to wetland rehabilitation and strict conservation practices. Unfortunately, many still think of beavers has annoyance to be trapped, removed or killed. The good that beavers do in creating and maintaining our wetlands far outweighs the occasional inconveniences they bring. We can find a way to share the land with beavers. We need to protect them. No more traps, no more slow and painful deaths.