Kill a Beaver to Save a Salmon Festival
- US Forest Service destroys a beaver dam (and their stored winter food supply) in order to "save" a festival for a non-native salmon. The beaver will starve to death over the winter.
- Insane Big Government approves of salmon having sex to reproduce - but beavers having sex and occupying their habitat is bad.
- Are beavers being targeted by government because they work hard for a living?
Gary Rule #1 - People are fucking idiots. Try as I can Rule #1 appears to remain fully in force.
The morons at U.S. Forest Service tore down a beaver dam near Lake Tahoe to protect a tourist facility celebrating a non-native species: kokanee salmon.
"They are doing all this to showcase an introduced species," said Sherry Guzzi, co-founder of the Sierra Wildlife Coalition. "It's a little nuts, isn't it?"
The Forest Service, which is holding its 23rd Kokanee Salmon Festival, defended the action reports the Sacramento Bee.
The conflict this fall at Lake Tahoe is not about golden trout but kokanee salmon, a non-native fish introduced to Lake Tahoe in 1944. Every fall, navies of the bright red fish surge up Taylor Creek to spawn.
And on the bank, armies of tourists gather to watch at a 23-year-old Forest Service salmon festival. For many, the highlight is strolling through a streamside corridor offering an aquarium-like view of the fish.
But this year, beavers built a dam not far from the facility, threatening to flood it and a trail. The Sierra Wildlife Coalition urged the Forest Service not to disturb the dam, suggesting a piping system be installed to permit water to flow through the dam, preventing flooding and protecting beaver – or that the level of the pathway be raised.
On Sept. 26, Forest Service crews dismantled the dam instead.
"They have to stockpile food for the winter because they don't hibernate," she said. "So this is taking away their food. And they could starve."
"It's a strange corner for the Forest Service to be backed into because it's all artificial," Guzzi added.
|Kill a beaver and save a salmon festival. |
The U.S. Forest Service recently tore down a beaver dam on the creek to protect a tourist facility that celebrates the non-native kokanee salmon.
Is the beaver native to the Sierra Nevada, non-native or both?
Part of the problem is the government looks on the beaver as non-native to California, but that view is wrong.
"What would keep them out of the Sierra?" said Richard Lanman, a historical ecologist from Los Altos and co-author of two new studies concluding beaver occupied the range long before settlers arrived.
"Every mountain range from northern Mexico to the Arctic tundra, from the Atlantic to the Pacific" had beaver, Lanman said. "And they were supposedly never native to the Sierra? This makes no sense."
Lanman and his colleagues also write that beavers help "fish abundance and diversity in the Sierra Nevada" and their dams "reduce (the) discharge of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment loads into fragile water bodies such as Lake Tahoe."
Some old beaver dams remain visible today – minus the beaver. "It was like you snapped your fingers. Aliens came and got them. They were just gone," said Tom Leavell, a cattle rancher who opposed the agency action.
He said beavers and their dams made great fishing on a stream he called Little Creek. "It was the best fishing I've ever had," Leavell said. "I would take a hundred brook trout a season. And it replenished itself every year." Now "you are lucky if you can catch 20 a year," he said.
Researchers turned up other supporting material, too, including historical accounts from famous California mountain man James "Grizzly" Adams and other 19th century fur trappers who reported finding beaver at widespread locations in the Sierra.
The researchers also searched official U.S. Geological Survey place names and found several locations in the Sierra named for 'Beaver,' including four Beaver Creeks, one Little Beaver Creek and one Beaver Canyon Creek.
"Either there were a lot of people named Beaver who named those streams after themselves or they named them after beaver," said Lanman.
Read more at The Sacramento Bee.
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