A beaver in the UNB Woodlot during happier times in 1992. Photo: Earle Arnold.
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007
From: “Libby, Cade (DNR/MRN)” <Cade.Libby@gnb.ca>
Subject: RE: Beaver Culling/Trapping in the UNB Woodlot
Under the authority of Subsection 45(2) of the New Brunswick Fish and Wildlife Act, the Department of Natural Resources issued a permit in 2006 to remove nuisance beaver that were causing damage to infrastructure (roads, culverts, bridges) and creating safety hazards within those lands listed in Schedule A & B of Regulation 94-43, under the Fish and Wildlife Act, known as the University of New Brunswick Wildlife Refuge and Burpee Wildlife Management Area.
Given that the University of New Brunswick requested this permit, the permit was specific to those lands owned by the University of New Brunswick within the described areas.
According to Subsection 34(4) of the Fish and Wildlife Act, private property owners may remove nuisance wildlife as listed in subsection 34(5), to prevent damage to private property or to prevent injury to the owners or occupants of private land.
The University of New Brunswick Woodlot and Burpee Wildlife Management Area known as the Noonan Woodlot have maintained prohibitions on general hunting and trapping not for wildlife management purposes, but for public safety as there are staff and students from the university in those areas on a regular basis. However, nuisance wildlife control may be required occasionally in the woodlots.
Given the abundance of beaver throughout New Brunswick, the department has no population concerns at this time.
I hope this information is useful.
Wildlife Biologist/Biologiste de la faune
Fish & Wildlife Branch/Pêche sportive et chasse
Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 6000
Tel: (506) 453-2440 Fax:(506) 453-6699
From: Tracy Glynn [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2007 10:40 PM
To: Terres de la Couronne Information/Crown Land Information (DNR/MRN); firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Beaver Culling/Trapping in the UNB Woodlot
June 20, 2007
To: N.B. Department of Natural Resources
The disappearance of beavers from wetlands in the UNB Woodlot without explanation is troubling many people.
The UNB Woodlot is designated a wildlife refuge under Schedule A of the Wildlife Refuges and Wildlife Management Areas Regulation – Fish and Wildlife Act, N.B. Reg. 94-43. No person, except a conservation officer (or assistant conservation officer) shall have in his possession any device for the purpose of trapping or snaring any wildlife within the boundaries of a wildlife refuge. Note that Ducks Unlimited Canada do not remove beavers from their marshes since dam-proof water outflows can be installed when necessary.
Can the Department of Natural Resources please explain the disappearance of beavers from the UNB Woodlot? Have the beavers been trapped and/or culled? If so, how was this allowed to happen?
I look forward to your reply.
Conservation Council of New Brunswick
180 St. John Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 4A9
Tel: (506) 458-8747
Fax: (506) 458-1047
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