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Burnaby trying to stop damn beavers from destroying Deer Lake forest

They are on our money and in our hearts – unless they are gnawing down our trees
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Metal fencing to keep beavers from cutting down trees at Deer Lake in Burnaby. Photo courtesy John Preissl

Beavers are one of Canada’s great creatures.

They are on our money and in our hearts – unless they are cutting down certain types of trees in Burnaby.

The City of Burnaby has taken steps to stop beavers from gnawing down trees around Deer Lake.

Fencing has been erected around trees in the area, including sequoias and purple beech, according to photos submitted by Burnaby nature photographer John Preissl.

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Beavers have been cutting down trees at Deer Lake in Burnaby. John Preissl photo

Preissl regularly photographs around Deer Lake and monitors the wildlife. He says some of the trees can be used by eagles.

“The beavers got a few more of the trees under the eagle perch tree overnight,” he said. “One of the downed trees is partially blocking the boardwalk near the Hart House (restaurant) … the brand new cedars and firs have almost all been taken down by the beavers. Maybe time for some fencing around the few remaining?”

Preissl said that he contacted the city and a staff member was immediately sent to take down the tree blocking the boardwalk around the lake and that had created a safety hazard.

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