Beaver Control Program

Res #: 4-16M
Number: 4
Year: 2016
Midterm: Yes
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

WHEREAS beavers and the structures they create cause many issues on watersheds within provincial pastures resulting in flooding of pasture infrastructure, adjacent agricultural lands, rural municipality (RM) property and roads that can be a public safety concern and financially demanding; and

WHEREAS the funding allocated by the Province of Saskatchewan toward the Beaver Control Program is greatly needed and appreciated, it is currently only accessible by RMs and First Nation Bands and is over-subscribed every year; and

WHEREAS an additional provincial fund dedicated to controlling problem beavers on provincial pastures would reduce the migration of beavers into adjacent lands and reduce the development of potential obstructions on provincial watersheds;

BE IT RESOVLED that SARM lobby the Provincial Government for additional funding dedicated to controlling problem beavers on provincial pastures.

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Responses From: The Ministry of Agriculture

July 23, 2020

The Ministry of Agriculture (Ministry) recognizes the need to control problem beavers on provincial pastures. To address this need, funding has been allocated under the  Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) to provide compensation for rural municipalities (RMs) affected by the costs associated with beaver control.

Rick Bruton – Deputy Minister of Agricutlure