Final Comment Period Begins for Wisconsin Beaver Management Plan

Final Comment Period Begins for Wisconsin Beaver Management Plan
Final Comment Period Begins for Wisconsin Beaver Management Plan
Wisconsin DNR
Wisconsin DNR

Wisconsin -( Wisconsin’s Beaver Management Plan is nearly complete, and those who wish to play a role in beaver management are encouraged to attend a public meeting or provide feedback before June 22.

The Beaver Management Plan will guide decisions regarding population management, habitat management, disease monitoring, education, damage management and research through 2025. The draft Wisconsin beaver management plan [PDF] is available for review by searching the DNR website,, for keyword “management plans.”

A Beaver Task Force comprised of individuals from 24 agencies, organizations, tribes and user groups drafted the Beaver Management Plan, with meetings in Hayward, Rhinelander, Oshkosh, and La Crosse held to gather public input. In addition, a webinar open to the public helped gather informal input and guide the task force in the initial stages of the process.

Four public input meetings will be held in June to share information regarding the status of the new plan and gather final feedback.

Public meeting dates and locations are as follows, with each running from 6-8 p.m. No advance registration is required. The meetings will be held:

Monday, June 8, Hayward – Main Meeting Room, DNR Satellite Center, 10220 State Highway 27;
Wednesday, June 10, La Crosse – Main Meeting Room, DNR Service Center, 3550 Mormon Coulee Road;
Thursday, June 11, Horicon – Main Meeting Room, DNR Horicon Education Center, N7725 Highway 28; and
Tuesday, June 16, Rhinelander – Main Meeting Room, DNR Service Center, 107 Sutliff Ave.
Those unable to attend a meeting can submit comments through June 22. Feedback can be sent to Geriann Albers, Wisconsin DNR WM/6, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707 or via email to [email protected]

For more information regarding the Beaver Management Plan and to view public meeting information, visit and search keywords “furbearers” and “meetings” respectively.

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Floyd H. Thomas
Floyd H. Thomas
6 years ago

Do not eradicate beaver from all areas where they are doing no harm, especially in the headwaters areas of Vilas County. Trout fishing isn’t anywhere near what it used to be in these areas since the beaver have been removed. The DNR has also removed the beaver from Bear Springs where there never was any brook trout.
Beaver are amazing engineers and by damming up water, they both provide habitat for wildlife and reduce flooding downstream.
The present beaver control program should be discontinued! From my own experience, wherever beaver are present, both habitat and fishing have improved.