Congratulations to everyone who worked together to save the beaver family.
** Thanks to Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder who contacted Fish and Game Commissioner Jim Kellogg, a Contra Costa resident, and asked for help to save the beaver family.
** Thanks to Jim Kellogg and the California Department of Fish and Game for making a special (and compassionate) exception in this situation, and issuing Martinez a relocation permit for the beavers so they can be moved to a new area … instead of a depredation permit to kill them.
** Thanks to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek for stepping forward to volunteer their expert wildlife rescue and rehabilitation services to help the beavers. Plans, reportedly, are for them to carefully trap the beaver family and quarantine them and make sure they’re healthy before later releasing them in an area approved by the state.
** And a very special thanks to the huge number of Martinez residents and others from throughout the Bay Area and beyond for standing up for the beaver family and refusing to allow them to be killed.
This was a community problem and everyone has worked together to come up with a community solution that shows our children that we shouldn’t just kill creatures that get in our way.
If you care about the Martinez beaver family, please attend the Martinez City Council meeting.
The meeting is 7 p.m. Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, at the Martinez City Hall, 525 Henrietta Street, off Alhambra Ave.
The City Council is threatening to kill the beaver family because of concern that their dam will back up the water in Alhambra Creek and cause flooding to the downtown area.
There are other solutions besides killing these creatures.
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.