Res #: 10-10M
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
WHEREAS due to a number of years of high water levels there has been an increase in beaver population resulting in increased beaver activity;
WHEREAS the increased number of beaver dams and plugged culverts has resulted in flooding of roads; and
WHEREAS municipalities have received numerous complaints from ratepayers concerning the flooding of productive farm land, pasture and hay land;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Provincial Government reinstate the beaver bounty for the entire province.
Previously Passed Resolutions
BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Provincial Government to establish a beaver bounty.
Response from Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Environment:
Beaver problems are not a province-wide issue. However, above-normal precipitation during this past summer has left some areas of the province with significant moisture heading into the winter, which has led to an increase in beaver related issues. While depressed markets have reduced trapping efforts in recent years, the Ministry of Environment continues to support trapping as the most effective long-term means of regulating beaver populations. For this reason, the ministry is not considering instituting a provincial bounty on beaver.
Rural municipalities are better positioned to ensure that local problems are addressed with the most cost-effective solutions. Any rural municipality can institute a bounty within its own jurisdiction as long as the beaver are harvested using legal means.