Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. — CAVENDISH — The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association will sponsor a presentation on beavers and trapping in Vermont with Fish and Wildlife expert Chris Bernier and James Stewart, long time trapper. The free discussion will be held on May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cavendish Town Office meeting room, 126 High Street in Cavendish.
The goal of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources in dealing with human-beaver interaction is two-pronged. First, it is interested in maintaining the wetlands in Vermont that support biodiversity and vital ecological processes. Second, it hopes to provide the best information available for managing problem situations that result from beaver activity.
Many people in the U.S. and Canada trap as an annual pursuit, and many homeowners use trapping to deal with wildlife causing property damage. Throughout North America, government sociologists and university researchers have begun to document the importance of trapping in the lives of people who still look to the land and use wildlife as part of their lifestyle. Sometimes this lifestyle is not understood by a larger segment of society who do not hunt, trap, fish, raise their own vegetables or cut their own firewood.
The speakers will address these topics and issues in the context of best management practices for dealing with human-beaver relationships in Vermont.