The City of Ottawa said it would halt the trapping of beavers in the Paul Lindsay Pond area and consider alternative methods of dealing with the animals in response to concerns of area residents.

Lethal trapping of the beavers was planned after the beavers took up residence in the park, raising the potential for flooding if the industrious rodents built dams that blocked culverts and other water drainage points.

But some area residents said they were against the killing of the animals.

Mayor Jim Watson said the city would look at alternatives.

"We have heard in recent days that people would like us to have a second look at how we protect the integrity of our flood control systems and we are listening and acting," said Watson in a statement.

Stittsville councillor Shad Qadri said in a statement he hopes the city will be able to come up with a solution that residents can accept but that also protects the area from flooding.

"Flood control is a critical program for my ward and I am hopeful that we can find a way to protect residents from flooding and enhance our handling of wildlife at the same time," said Qadri.

The reversal comes before a planned protest against the trapping at noon Thursday at the Human Rights monument at Elgin and Lisgar Street. Organizers said they plan on holding the protest despite the city's decision.