To Idaho Fish and Game

RE:  Furbearer season, Beaver Trapping


Dear Mr. Lockyer,

I appreciate the work that Region V has done to re-locate problem beaver and reduce allowable takes in some areas during the past season.  However, more needs to be done to protect the sustainable population of this iconic and ecologically valuable species. 

Watershed Guardians' volunteers have documented the decline of beaver in Region V.  More needs to be done.  Specifically, I request that:

  1. the Mink Creek drainage in Bannock County be closed to trapping from the USFS boundary on Mink Creek Road up to the headwaters of each tributary within the Mink Creek Drainage.  Even with reductions in allowable takes, colonies are not increasing and East and West Forks of Mink Creek have been de-nuded of beaver and have been for the past three years.
  2. Jackson Creek be CLOSED to beaver trapping upstream of the Bonneville road crossing to the headwaters.  Landowners have all agreed  to this and there are no beaver currently in this drainage.  Closing this drainage would cause no additional workload for the agency and if a beaver should re-appear, it will provide much needed safe haven
  3. CLOSE Birch Creek on the Caribou-Targhee NF from the Wilde Ranch upstream to its headwaters.  Much effort was taken to re-introduce beaver into this drainage and it makes sense to close this stream.   Issues with possible road flooding can be addressed with non-lethal means and the benefit to the watershed are significant, long-lasting and cost-effective.
  4. CLOSE Dempsey Creek between Dempsey Creek road to its headwaters.  Private land reaches upstream of the cattle guard are already closed.  Closing this section improves that the meager, isolated population there will survive.
  5. SPLIT Toponce  and Pebble Creek beaver management areas into 2 separate zones.  They are currently managed as one zone and this negates effective management.   I also request that the current trapping levels be reduced to TWO (2) animals in each of the new zones.
  6. STATEWIDE- Watershed Guardians has reported that the cost for a public information request for the depredation permits for the state cost over $3,000. Depredation reports should be readily available and cost, at a minimum, a few dollars.  This projected fee suggests that there is inadequate monitoring and record-keeping of depredation kills.  This amounts to a "taking" of a resource belonging to the state of Idaho.  Accurate records must be kept and readily accessible for depredation kills.
  7. STATEWIDE-Currently, trapping reports require only the County where beaver are taken.  This is biologically irrelevant and provides no useful management information.  I request that the IF&G modify the trapping reports to include the stream name where beaver are taken.  This is currently being done in Washington and Nevada.
  8. STATEWIDE-Trapping reports are critical to understanding beaver population trends.  Current code requires that trappers must fill out a trapping report.  We request stronger enforcement for un-submitted trapping reports and that these reports be completed in a timely manner.
  9. POACHING- A poach was reported over 1 year ago on the East Fork of the Big Lost River.  CAP was contacted and the case closed within a week (see CAP case #7039).  No further action was taken.  We want better publicity of beaver poaches and much better enforcement.

Thank you,

(Your Name)

Watershed Guardians:  Preserving, protecting and maintaining the Portneuf River Watershed, one beaver at a time.

The comment period for the 2018-2019  trapping seasons is now closed.  Thank you for all of you who took the time to send in your comments!  See how WG commented  at right.

We build non-lethal solutions to beaver-caused flooding

(Pictures to follow)

  • Bruce Padian (Retired)
  • Patty Healy
  • Tim Norton
  • Tina Chopko
  • Mitch  Popa

Meet our Board

Report A Beaver Siting

Beaver in our watershed