28/01/2015

License Allows Beavers To Stay In Devon River

Devon Wildlife has been given a five-year license to manage a group of beavers living on the River Otter.

Government agency Natural England granted the license on the condition that the animals are free from disease – this will mean that the beavers will have to be trapped and tested.

This is the first license ever granted to "re-introduce" a previously extinct species; with wild beavers having been hunted to extinction some 500 years ago.

It is not known how the group of beavers came to be living in the river, however provided they are a European breed and free from disease, they will be allowed to stay.

(MH/JP)

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