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Must the Martinez beaver family be killed?

By Gary Bogue
Monday, November 5th, 2007 at 8:07 am in Beavers.

Attend this week’s Martinez City Council meeting and tell them how you feel.
The meeting is this Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Martinez City Hall, 525 Henrietta Street, off Alhambra Ave., Martinez.

The City Council is threatening to have the beavers killed because they say their dam could potentially cause flooding in downtown Martinez.

Death doesn’t have to be the only solution. There are endless other possibilities.

Here are just a few:

If there’s a problem with the beaver dam across Alhambra Creek being too high and risking a flood, lower the height of the dam.

If the dam absolutely has to go, then remove the dam and leave the beavers alone. I’m sure there are enough Martinez residents who care about the beavers who would be willing to form a team to keep the beaver dam at safe levels.

If the beavers absolutely have to be removed from the creek, why is killing them the only answer? Surely there must be ONE slough in the Delta that doesn’t have beavers. Relocate them to that spot. Why does the Department of Fish and Game, an organization that should be protecting our native wildlife, only issue depredation permits to kill local wildlife?

Any zoos like to have some beavers for display? After allowing the beavers to exist for a year in the creek, until all the local children (and their families!) have come to love them and adopt them as their local beaver family, the City Council could at least form a committee of council members and local citizens, and beaver experts … to try and come up with a more humane way of dealing with this problem.

Not just … “OOPS, it’s that beaver family again. Time to kill them.

What kind of message is this sending to our children?

If all this bothers you, you should attend Wednesday’s City Council meeting and let them know how you feel.

Have a look at the beaver family:

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No Responses to “Must the Martinez beaver family be killed?”

  1. J.D. O'Connor Says:

    Gary – I’m so tired of this approach to resolving our so-called “conflicts” with wildlife. Eradicating this lodge is no solution to a perennial problem for Martinez – one that has been pointed out to them by several engineers (not the beavers) over the years. Please post the names of the businesses requesting this Draconian measure, I’m sure others would like to know who they are. And lets stop killing every animal that crosses our path – they were here first.

  2. Bill Wainwright Says:

    Congratulations on your sensitive treatment. It is hard to understand how our City Staff and Council could be so insensitive to nature and life.

    “Flooding” is a diversionary scare tactic masking the real reason for their wanting to euthanize the beavers: the fear of heavy campaign contributors that their properties would be undermined by beaver-created cavities under them.

    A strong wire-mesh would prevent that. Just pulling down the dam during high rains would take care of the red-herring “flood danger.”

  3. Julian Frazer Says:

    Hey Gary,

    Moving wildlife should be made very difficult. If it weren’t. The beaver would be gone long ago. We destroy natural habitate at an alarming rate. The Martinez City Council is big on removing zoned openspace and building on the watershed, with no concern. It also seems we forget that the bay tides are roughly at the hieght, at some high tides, as the small beaver dam.

    The issue is keeping the beaver intact and let it be removed by storm in proportion to the size on the storm. A break away system should be set up, but not used unless the storm is not successful. Maybe a university might want to do research experiment on beaver dam strenght. Let’s be scientific about this and not so emotional about the potential flooding.

    Removing the beaver is not an option to be considered as this would be a loss to the Martinez evironmental community, wildlife and people.
    Please make a stronger statement for leaving wildlife alone. Again it should stay difficult to disturb wildlife. The idea of killing is what has brought people out on the issue. Disturbing wildlife is as bad as killing. Many times that is the end result anyway, out of sight out of mind

  4. Julian Frazer Says:

    Hey Gary,

    Moving wildlife should be made very difficult. If it weren’t. The beaver would be gone long ago. We destroy natural habitate at an alarming rate. The Martinez City Council is big on removing zoned openspace and building on the watershed, with no concern. It also seems we forget that the bay tides are roughly at the hieght, at some high tides, as the small beaver dam.

    The issue is keeping the beaver intact and let it be removed by storm in proportion to the size on the storm. A break away system should be set up, but not used unless the storm is not successful. Maybe a university might want to do research experiment on beaver dam strenght. Let’s be scientific about this and not so emotional about the potential flooding.

    Removing the beaver is not an option to be considered as this would be a loss to the Martinez evironmental community, wildlife and people.
    Please make a stronger statement for leaving wildlife alone. Again it should stay difficult to disturb wildlife. The idea of killing is what has brought people out on the issue. Disturbing wildlife is as bad as killing. Many times that is the end result anyway, out of sight out of mind

  5. Julian Frazer Says:

    Hey Gary,

    Moving wildlife should be made very difficult. If it weren’t. The beaver would be gone long ago. We destroy natural habitate at an alarming rate. The Martinez City Council is big on removing zoned openspace and building on the watershed, with no concern. It also seems we forget that the bay tides are roughly at the hieght, at some high tides, as the small beaver dam.

    The issue is keeping the beaver intact and let it be removed by storm in proportion to the size on the storm. A break away system should be set up, but not used unless the storm is not successful. Maybe a university might want to do research experiment on beaver dam strenght. Let’s be scientific about this and not so emotional about the potential flooding.

    Removing the beaver is not an option to be considered as this would be a loss to the Martinez evironmental community, wildlife and people.
    Please make a stronger statement for leaving wildlife alone. Again it should stay difficult to disturb wildlife. The idea of killing is what has brought people out on the issue. Disturbing wildlife is as bad as killing. Many times that is the end result anyway, out of sight out of mind

  6. Julian Frazer Says:

    Hey Gary,

    Moving wildlife should be made very difficult. If it weren’t. The beaver would be gone long ago. We destroy natural habitate at an alarming rate. The Martinez City Council is big on removing zoned openspace and building on the watershed, with no concern. It also seems we forget that the bay tides are roughly at the hieght, at some high tides, as the small beaver dam.

    The issue is keeping the beaver intact and let it be removed by storm in proportion to the size on the storm. A break away system should be set up, but not used unless the storm is not successful. Maybe a university might want to do research experiment on beaver dam strenght. Let’s be scientific about this and not so emotional about the potential flooding.

    Removing the beaver is not an option to be considered as this would be a loss to the Martinez evironmental community, wildlife and people.
    Please make a stronger statement for leaving wildlife alone. Again it should stay difficult to disturb wildlife. The idea of killing is what has brought people out on the issue. Disturbing wildlife is as bad as killing. Many times that is the end result anyway, out of sight out of mind

  7. Julian Frazer Says:

    Hey Gary,

    Moving wildlife should be made very difficult. If it weren’t. The beaver would be gone long ago. We destroy natural habitate at an alarming rate. The Martinez City Council is big on removing zoned openspace and building on the watershed, with no concern. It also seems we forget that the bay tides are roughly at the hieght, at some high tides, as the small beaver dam.

    The issue is keeping the beaver intact and let it be removed by storm in proportion to the size on the storm. A break away system should be set up, but not used unless the storm is not successful. Maybe a university might want to do research experiment on beaver dam strenght. Let’s be scientific about this and not so emotional about the potential flooding.

    Removing the beaver is not an option to be considered as this would be a loss to the Martinez evironmental community, wildlife and people.
    Please make a stronger statement for leaving wildlife alone. Again it should stay difficult to disturb wildlife. The idea of killing is what has brought people out on the issue. Disturbing wildlife is as bad as killing. Many times that is the end result anyway, out of sight out of mind

  8. Gigi Walker Says:

    Dear Gary : Thank you for speaking out on this issue, I would like to let the public know that the Wednesday Night Meeting has been moved to the Alhambra High School Performiing Arts Building, located on Alhambra Ave on your way to downtown on the left hand side of the road, it show’s that the public is going to show support in a big way….

    Candle light vigil at Escobar Bridge at 5:30 Tuesday night(downtown)

    Thank you again Gary

    Gigi

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