Tuesday, November 6, 2007

State agrees to relocate Martinez beavers

Thanks for writing the City of Martinez. Public pressure did the trick!

The Contra Costa Times reports today:

"The state has agreed to issue a relocation permit for a family of beavers in Martinez, amid an outcry from children and nature lovers over a city conclusion that the creatures should be killed and their dam removed to prevent downtown flooding.

The beavers will be trapped by the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, which will evaluate their health, and they will be released later in an area approved by the state, said Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder and California Department of Fish and Game spokesman Steve Martarano.

'After a quick survey, I've gotten 150 e-mails, 100 percent of them say don't kill the beavers,' said Schroder, who approached the state Monday through labor leader Jim Kellogg, who is a member of the Fish and Game Commission."