On April 21 at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge in Stevensville, I walked the Kenai Trail and by the blind where you can sit and get pictures of wildlife, I discovered a beaver, snare-trapped and drowned in the water.
I called the refuge office and was told it was arranged by management because if the beavers interfere with managing the water for ducks then they have to use management action and do this. The trapper was supposed to come get it early in the morning and didn’t.
This is done on a refuge and the snare traps can kill anything. I was a trail volunteer there for three years – I quit. I refuse to be a volunteer while they do this and lie to people.
A refuge is a sanctuary for wildlife. This refuge is killing them – beavers, raccoons, skunks and coyotes. There are more traps out to do this.
I have no respect for them. They should be ashamed of themselves for the jobs they have and where.
Kimi Smith, Stevensville