Death of a beaver pond

Dear Cris,

Hi, I'm a pair of young beaver that have come up the river to this side creek to start a family. First we build a dam, then a small house. All kinds of animals and birds come to join us and start a family: trout, coon, ducks, mink, muskrats, frogs and mosquitoes etc.

We can handle trappers fairly well if they are careful where they set their traps and only trap a few of us. Then our homes can stay for many years and we support all this other wildlife. We strengthen our dams, add to our family and expand wildlife for many years.

Then, in my opinion, EnCon had too many deer killed, especially in the 1960s. The deer herd has never recovered to what it used to be. Coyotes and fisher etc., that live on winter kill deer (deer that die of natural causes such as old age), are forced to find other ways to eat. They have come into towns to eat cats and deer people are feeding in town.

A starving coyote came to our pond and laid in the brush all day waiting for our little ones to come ashore for food. Big beaver can fight them off and make it back to water, but the little ones cannot.

To make a long story short, our pond and wildlife were destroyed, mostly from too many coyotes and lack of monitoring deer.

I wish EnCon and NYS rangers would have a better wildlife count in West Canada and check on places that have less beaver and deer. Maybe fish and game clubs could pass this around and see what they think.

Lewis N. Page Sr.