Because the beaver isn't just an animal; it's an ecosystem!

The Martinez Beavers

Be kind to bears & squirrels but not beavers!

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Someone wrote me yesterday asking for a copy of a beaver depredation permit, which I’m finding no one has actually¬† seen. In the mean time I was looking up the codes for beaver killing.¬† Weirdly it seems like you’re welcome to kill beaver in Martinez but not in Sonoma? Click on the image to make it larger or go to the original here.

Why are certain counties no-killing areas? Does it mean they are committed to protecting beavers? Or that ‘no permit is required’ and you may do what you like? Or that they have a contract with APHIS to do all their killing? What if a county isn’t listed at all?

Do you know that regulations specify humane treatment for bears AND squirrels but NOT for beavers? For bears it even requires you say why the action is necessary, what you did to try and solve the problem another way, and what you’ll do in the future to prevent this from happening again! Original here.

Of course no such requirements for beaver.

UPDATe : Got it. Ugh!