The park has employed the services of a wildlife control company to deal with issue of bank damage at the ponds. It has been determined that muskrat are excavating the dens in the pond banks. These dens pose a safety risk to anyone walking around the ponds. An individual could step on a den, lose footing, fall or trip and end up being injured.
It has been necessary to employ both live capture and lethal traps. All pets must be on-leash at all times, as stated in the rules, but with lethal traps deployed in the ponds it is important to be more vigilant and responsible with your pets. The lethal traps are only in the ponds, under or partially under water; live capture traps are employed entirely above the water.
Please do not tamper with or otherwise touch any of the traps or any animals caught in the traps. The traps are to be set, reset, or moved by the trapper ONLY.
Ensure that children in your care are supervised and aware of this process. Ensure they know not to touch any of the traps.
I still strongly recommend that the pond edges be avoided until we have concluded this work and repaired the damage. If you fall through a den please report it to a staff member immediately.
A message from Al Mainprize, Park Manager