December 23, 2021

Beavers, otters, and muskrats who are simply trying to eke out an existence in Lexington, Kentucky, are reportedly being targeted by a contracted trapper hired by Glennlake Estates Homeowners Association (HOA). Killing or otherwise removing semiaquatic mammals is ineffective, as those who remain then breed at accelerated rates while inevitable newcomers arrive to take advantage of the still-available resources. Furthermore, Conibear traps—devices typically used to capture and kill these species—cause immense suffering as terrified victims are slowly crushed or drowned (which can take beavers more than 15 agonizing minutes). Steel-jaw traps and snares cause victims to struggle for prolonged periods of time, until they finally drown or suffocate. Animals ensnared on land can succumb to starvation, dehydration, exposure, or shock. Such traps are indiscriminate as well, posing risks to “non-target” victims like protected wildlife and companion animals.

Beaver in grass

PETA has apprised the HOA’s board members of the cruelty and futility of this plan and provided details regarding effective and humane wildlife control tips, but now it’s your turn! Please politely urge them to take killing off the table and instead employ humane measures such as fence and pipe devices, which prevent beavers from damming culverts and encourage them to move elsewhere. Then forward this alert to everyone you know!

The HOA board members can be contacted at these e-mail addresses.