Bike path is being drained, as officials work to accommodate beavers’ change in status

A pond where beavers reside in a bike trail in Toronto’s west end is being drained, Metrolinx says, in an effort to fix an old sewer line beneath the trail and bring about the…

Bike path is being drained, as officials work to accommodate beavers’ change in status

A pond where beavers reside in a bike trail in Toronto’s west end is being drained, Metrolinx says, in an effort to fix an old sewer line beneath the trail and bring about the federally regulated change from an “inland water body” to a “city public space.”

The announcement comes after months of reports from people who live near the water, which “beloved” beavers are believed to use as a breeding ground. As such, Metrolinx says it’s vital that the existing pond be completely drained before the installation of a city-owned water management and retention system. But residents disagree that it’s necessary.

Many are calling on the federal government to take action on the site to protect the beavers, who haven’t been under the protection of the federal Endangered Species Act since 1975. One plan for the pond, locals say, could see a water park with jumpy wire and tubing area as one solution to keeping the habitat preserved.

Via The Walrus

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