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Beavers saved by mayor now homeless thanks to city, says community

Lucky the beaver is missing and presumed dead by Stittsville residents who are looking to the city for a new Wildlife Strategy after workers destroyed a lodge he and his partner made for their two kits.

"I find it very odd that Lucky has disappeared," said Anita Utas who lives near the storm water pond in a Stittsville suburb where the beavers make their home. "They are monogamous and the adults stay with the kits for two years."

The beavers named Lucky and Lily have two five-week old kits and became a cause celebre in late 2011 when Mayor Jim Watson said the animals would not be trapped and killed as per city policy.

"If it was legal, I would offer the money to pay a trapper," said Utas. Yet provincial wildlife management rules prohibit relocation of the beavers far away.

Utas suggests that wrapping tree trunks with wire and water flow devices to prevent flooding would encourage the beavers to move on as the city expected they would after the winter. She calls on the city to implement these tactics in a new wildlife strategy it plans to unveil this fall.

Citing damage to trees in people's back yards facing the pond, the beavers' lodge was removed stick by stick June 29 by the city when they believed the beavers had left, said city planner Amy MacPherson.

"You can't come down this path with out finding someone who cares about the beaver," said Anne Sturgeon, who lives near the site. "I don't think it's right they destroyed the home of a Canadian icon on Canada Day weekend."

Watch Lily the beaver and one of her kits swim near the site of their old lodge:

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