Update: Illinois HOA Halts Option for Lethal Beaver Control

Management of the Concord at the Glen homeowners association in Glenview, Illinois, has reported to PETA that it has halted any plans to trap beavers lethally in the community and will be exploring humane measures instead. Thank you to everyone who took the time to speak out about this urgent issue—and a big thanks to Cagan Management Group for its compassionate decision!

Please consider contacting Cagan Management Group to thank it for scrapping fruitless killing in favor of humane measures, and be sure to check out our other urgent alerts to help animals who still need your voice.

Jeffrey Cagan
President and CEO
Cagan Management Group
[email protected]

Kathleen Markland
Manager, Concord at the Glen HOA
Cagan Management Group
[email protected]

Samuel J. Dordek
Manager, Concord at the Glen HOA
Cagan Management Group
[email protected]


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Despite a public outcry, the Concord at the Glen homeowners association (HOA) in Glenview, Illinois, is reportedly discussing the option of trapping and removing beavers who are simply trying to eke out an existence on the grounds of the property.

Beaver chews on reeds in the water

Lethal control of beavers is ineffective, as those who remain will then breed at accelerated rates while inevitable newcomers arrive to take advantage of the still-available resources. Furthermore, devices typically used to capture and kill beavers—Conibear traps—cause immense suffering, as terrified victims are slowly crushed or drowned (which, for beavers, can take more than 15 agonizing minutes). Animals who don’t drown eventually succumb to dehydration, starvation, or shock. Such traps are indiscriminate as well, posing risks to “nontarget” animals, including protected wildlife and companion animals.

PETA has apprised the HOA’s apparent management company, Cagan Management Group, of the cruelty and futility of lethal control and provided details regarding effective and humane beaver-control tips, but now it’s your turn!

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