It seems the fate of the beavers in Knapdale and elsewhere is being considered. I'm not a betting man but I bet they'll be kept, the folk who come up with these ideas won't take no for an answer. Defra want them out but Friends of the earth want them in. We'll see who wins, place your bets.
I'm no zoologist but it seems to me that these critters are very like coypu, at least in their anti-social habits re the modern agricultural world.
We spent a fortune getting rid of coypu and now we are welcoming in a critter that will do much the same if not more damage.
Seems pretty nuts to me.
I like the bbc Scotland "out of doors" program but recently Euan McIlwraith said in the program, "re-introducing a native species, got to be a good idea hasn't it".
Err...why?...seems a pretty facile comment to me.
The thing is, he had just been talking to a farmer who had his fields flooded due to beavers undermining a flood bank, causing £5000 worth of flood damage.
Also, it seems they can carry a nasty disease in the form of tapeworms which can be transmitted to humans. Switzerland has 30-40 cases a year of human infection.
The bunny huggers want to indulge their fantasies and want others to pay.