Letters to the Editor

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Representatives Jim McCullough and Terry Macaig

Williston’s wildlife

I am not sure if the photos of the family of beavers in the Aug. 20 issue of the Observer were posted to show how cute and industrious nature’s engineers are or an obituary for this family.

From water control structures to exclusionary devices, there are many effective, sustainable and non-lethal solutions that can be used to address damage caused by beaver activity. As with any animal, killing a few will not solve the root of the problem, as another family of beavers will most likely fill the void left by this family’s death.

Compassionate conservation solutions should always be our first option. Beaver activities stabilize stream banks, control sedimentation and provide other ecological benefits to the public at large. Beavers, like most of our wildlife, are an important part of our ecosystem, and we can protect them while protecting our human habitats, too.

I am asking the Town of Williston to contact me if they would like to discuss more humane ways to deal with Williston’s wildlife.  Surely there is room in our town for everyone to live safely.  Learning how to humanely cohabitate with our wild neighbors is not only in the animals’ best interest, but ours as well.

Patricia Monteferrante-Koolen
Protect Our Wildlife Vermont

Editor’s Note: According to Public Works Director Bruce Hoar, preventative measures are used whenever possible, but when beaver activity threatened public infrastructure—such as the bridge over the Allen Brook and nearby pump station on North Williston Road—a licensed trapper was called. It is against state law to relocate beavers, and a trapper is only called as a last recourse, Hoar said.