Beaver beaten to death in Riverdale

Conservation officers are asking the public for information that could lead to the culprit who bludgeoned a beaver to death along the Millennium Trail late last week.

Conservation officers are asking the public for information that could lead to the culprit who bludgeoned a beaver to death along the Millennium Trail late last week.

According to an Environment Yukon news release, the dead beaver was found around 4 p.m. last Thursday, approximately 100 metres downstream from the fish hatchery, on the Riverdale side of the popular pedestrian trail, near the big beaver lodge.

“Preliminary investigation indicates that the beaver was likely feeding in the area before someone hit it on the head several times, possibly with a log,” stated the release.

It’s an offence under the Wildlife Act to kill a beaver without a permit.

The department is asking the public to be mindful when on the trail, given what happened.

A necropsy on the animal will be conducted this week.

Anyone with information about the beaver’s death, or any other unusual observations or human/wildlife conflicts, can call the TIPP line at 1-800-661-0525.

Contact Myles Dolphin at myles@yukon-news.com