Conservation Sudbury trying to keep eager beaver at bay along Lake Laurentian trail
Conservation Sudbury seems to be in a bit of a dispute with one of its more wild neighbours. The battle is over a wooden structure in the Lake Laurentian Conservation area.
A beaver is wreaking havoc on a floating boardwalk which crosses -oddly enough- Beaver Pond, says General Manager of Conservation Sudbury, Carl Jorgensen.
He says he thinks the animal is trying to expand its lodge out from under the walkway.
"The pile and accumulation of sticks is getting so big that the beaver has decided to take them out of the water and include the top surface of the boardwalk where people walk," says Jorgensen.
The beaver is not causing any structural problems to the trail. However, Jorgensen says it is the Lake Laurentian trails' maintenance supervisor who must clean up the mess.
1-1. Your move beaver... <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/trailsmaintenancesupervisor?src=hash">#trailsmaintenancesupervisor</a> vs <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/beaver?src=hash">#beaver</a> <a href="https://t.co/YC0QkQ20jG">pic.twitter.com/YC0QkQ20jG</a>—@Lake_Laurentian
"We have 60 kilometres of trails. Conrad [the trails maintenance supervisor] has a lot of work to do on a daily basis and so when this occupies anywhere from ten minutes to an hour of his time that means he's not spending some attention to another part of the trail that might need it," says Jorgensen. He adds it's a bit of a nuisance.
Keeping score on Twitter
Beaver back in the lead after small overnight stick attack. 2-1 for the beaver. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/trailsmaintenancesupervisor?src=hash">#trailsmaintenancesupervisor</a> vs <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/beaver?src=hash">#beaver</a>. Fence coming Friday <a href="https://t.co/DxjS2904J3">pic.twitter.com/DxjS2904J3</a>—@Lake_Laurentian
The trails' maintenance supervisor for Lake Laurentian Conservation area is keeping score on the Twitter account @Lake_Laurentian.
Jorgensen says normally the worker tweets pictures from the trail or work that's being done there. But the battle with the beaver has seem to caught attention on social media.
Put up a fence: beaver whisperer
This past spring Jorgensen says they invited an expert, dubbed the Beaver Whisperer (Michel Leclair) to Sudbury. The Beaver Whisperer held a workshop with local stakeholders about providing better beaver management.
At the time, Jorgensen and others at Conservation Sudbury showed the expert the floating boardwalk at Lake Laurentian. When asked what they should do about the eager beaver, the expert suggested installing simple fencing.
So, as with many neighbourly disputes, Jorgensen says Conservation Sudbury will put up a fence.
"We don't want to have a big plastic snow fence or anything like that on this floating boardwalk. We don't want to mess up the aesthetics. We want it to still be a very nice looking place," says Jorgensen.
The fence will go along the sides of the floating boardwalk to hopefully deter the beaver from trying to expand his lodge.
Jorgensen says if that doesn't work at least the animal will soon be heading into hibernation for the winter, providing Conservation Sudbury with a bit of a reprieve from the problem.
2-2! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/trailsmaintenancesupervisor?src=hash">#trailsmaintenancesupervisor</a> vs <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/beaver?src=hash">#beaver</a>. Who do you think will win this clash of the titans?! <a href="https://t.co/6F8xuezXy4">pic.twitter.com/6F8xuezXy4</a>—@Lake_Laurentian