Growing opposition to the OMNR's policies and practices in managing wildlife.
of Waterloo has been heavily
criticized for trapping and killing four beavers
on campus. On advice from the MNR, a
trapper was hired to kill the beavers using a conibear
"The conibear trap is a strong box that is set
so that beavers swim through it, said Bill Murch,
the information officer for the Ministry of
Natural Resources' Guelph office.Then the sides
of the trap come down and generally hit the
animal in the back of their neck, in most cases
breaking the beaver's spine. If that doesn't
occur, there's "severe shock and trauma to the
animal and it quickly succumbs."
MNR considers this the most humane method
of dealing with beavers. No effort whatsoever was put into non-lethal solutions
such as protecting trees with wire mesh.
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Nov. 26, 2006 - There is growing opposition in Ontario to the Ministry
of Natural Resources policies and practices in managing
This growing opposition is evidenced by:
- the public anger
expressed over the out-dated policies of the MNR in
dealing with the recent beaver issue at the University of
- the continuing opposition to the Ministry's unwarranted
restrictions that have eliminated progressive wildlife
rehabilitation services across the province.
- through well-documented and highly critical responses
from numerous environmental and animal welfare
organizations to the Ministry's proposed Strategy for
Preventing and Managing Human-Wildlife Conflicts - EBR
PB06E6018 and the Strategy for Preventing and Managing
Human-Deer Conflicts - EBR PB06E6017.
Click to read EBR responses from:
11 Environmental and Animal Welfare Organizations
Volunteer Wildlife Custodians
Ontario Non-Hunting Landowners Association
Ontario 4 Wildlife
This debate will become more prominent as extensive
development eliminates natural habitat and it will pit agencies like
the MNR whose budgets rely on licensing fees from outdated wildlife
management tactics against a growing number of grassroots
environmental groups and individual citizens looking for more
effective and progressive solutions.
MNR Press release: Province works to prevent human-wildlife
conflicts - Public Input requested on draft strategies
MNR Strategy for Preventing and Managing
Human-Wildlife Conflicts in Ontario
MNR Strategy for Preventing and Managing Human-Deer Conflicts in