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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Drive
Madison , WI 53719

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

Beaver Trapping in Warner Park

April 3, 2017 7:14 AM


Alders have received  a tremendous volume of emails related to the Parks' department initiating a practice of trapping and drowning beavers. Here is the updated action by Parks. 

Greetings  All – 

As a part of our responsibility to manage the public park system, we are challenged with achieving a balanced natural environment for all flora and fauna (and humans) in conditions that are greatly impacted by the presence of humanity in large numbers.   Parks uses a variety of methods to manage the wildlife within the system.  Our wildlife management practices are rooted in years of knowledge and experience from professional staff of the specific locations and issues involved.  Trapping is a very limited method that is only authorized in specific situations and within Wisconsin DNR guidelines and regulations.  We do not pursue this as an option without consideration of alternatives.   Parks is willing to have any or all of our wildlife management practices reviewed should that be the desire of our policymakers.

Effective, April 1st, all beaver traps have been removed from Warner Park.   Over the last 24 hours two active traps were removed from the park without authorization.  This type of action presents significant safety risks to the person removing the traps.  As always, we consider the totality of the circumstances in our decision-making related to wild life management in our parks, and in this case the potential safety risks outweigh the benefit.

Parks staff will be monitoring the situation in Warner Parkand evaluating next steps.  This will include close evaluation of damming and tree destruction activities.    


Eric M. Knepp

Madison Parks Superintendent


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