Let me be the first to say...
Scotland is today one animal species richer following the release into the wild of three beaver families - the first examples to enjoy the Caledonian habitat since the animal was driven to extinction in the 16th Century. The release at sites in Knapdale Forest, Mid-Argyll, follows years of lobbying by beaver aficionados and …
Erm... Oh yeah. I'm all for protecting native species, but hasn't it occurred to anyone that in the last 400 years the other wildlife might have changed its behaviour a little to account for the lack of beavers?
Suddenly reintroducing them could be as disastrous as introducing a pack of Tasmanian Devils...
[ Oh, and if anyone needs their beaver gagged... ]
Greetings from Oregon, the Beaver State--there's one on the state flag. Yes, beaver will "..impact migratory fish numbers, especially salmon", and the impact will be positive. Beaver dams are low enough and leaky enough that salmon go right thru them, and beaver ponds are excellent salmon habitat.
Problem is letting all that beaver out in to the country side is bound to have some side effects, which is why they are trialing it just now, with just a few in the local native populations. thing is they dont have a clue whats going to happen for all we know we could be up to our necks in beaver before too long.
In your dreams. It clearly says "Norwegian beavers' liberation". Are they tall and blonde?
"the animal was driven to extinction" Is that anything like going down to London?
"24 European countries have already reintroduced beavers " I do hope the little shavers are doing ok...
Further greetings from Oregon, where much jingoistic amusement has been garnered from reading quotes and opinion pieces from concerned British people who believe that rampaging gangs of beavers will need only a few years to fell the forests and murder all the salmon in the country. Especially good was this suggestion that it's all a vile Anglo-European plot against the Scots:
There is the Scottish Fold - a breed of cat crossed with the Don Sphinx to make a hairless breed, so I see nothing wrong with a hairless breed of beaver.
Lord knows, Scottish lasses have been "clam" - moring for a bit of the hairless kilt snake for some time, eh? I know I have had none of them complain. ;-)
Paris - because she always keeps her beaver shorn.
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