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2008-09-25 13:25:00

The Association of Salmon Fishery Boards have petitioned the Scottish environment minister Mike Russell to stop the government from going through with a planned introduction of the European beaver.It would be "recklessly irresponsible" to approve new schemes before looking at the impact on fish, the association said. The government already cleared the way for up to four beaver families to be captured in Norway this fall, and released in Argyl next year. It will be the first time in more than...

2008-09-15 18:00:18

By ALASTAIR CRAIG FORGET expensive man-made defences-the humble beaver could be the solution to devastating floods. Wildlife expert Kevin O'Hara believes they could combat growing problems with flooding in the North East. When there's heavy rain, their dams and canals can divert flood waters away from areas of human population which are usually further downstream. The beavers also create natural wetland wildlife havens so other species thrive around them. In the UK it costs...

2008-08-27 00:00:24

By ERIK ROBINSON Sea lions sit in two traps on the Columbia River near Bonneville Dam on April 24, shortly before the doors closed, trapping them for removal. The deaths of six sea lions at Bonne-ville Dam remains a whodunit. On May 4, six carcasses were discovered in a pair of side-by- side floating traps below the dam. State employees had been using the traps to capture and relocate sea lions feasting on endangered salmon at a man-made bottleneck. Federal and state authorities...

2008-07-02 12:00:00

By David Sneed, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, Calif. Jul. 1--A new federal report confirms that California's sea otter population is growing, albeit at a slower rate in recent years. Averaged over three years, the population grew by a tiny 0.3 percent over the past year, according to the results of the most recent annual population survey of the southern sea otter. The iconic coastal species is listed as threatened on the endangered species list. This year's individual survey...

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2008-05-26 09:55:00

For the first time in over 400 years, the European beaver will be reintroduced to Scotland in the spring of 2009, according to the Scottish Government. Michael Russell, the Environment Minister, quipped, "This is an exciting development for wildlife enthusiasts all over Scotland and beyond. Four beaver families will be caught in Norway in the fall of 2008, put into quarantine for six months, and released into one of five lochs in Knapdale, Argyll on a trial basis. According to Mr. Russell,...

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2008-02-20 14:40:00

They may be considered pests, but beaver can help mitigate the effects of drought, and because of that, their removal from wetlands to accommodate industrial, urban and agricultural demands should be avoided, according to a new University of Alberta study."Removal of beaver should be considered an environmental disturbance on par with in-filling, peat mining and industrial water extraction," said researcher Glynnis Hood, lead author on the study and an assistant professor of Environmental...

2008-02-16 14:24:50

Hunted to near extinction, sea otters are making a steady comeback along the Pacific coast. Their reintroduction, however, is expected to reduce the numbers of several key species of commercially valuable shellfish dramatically, such as sea urchins and geoducks. Despite of this potential conflict, Kai Chan, an NSERC-funded researcher at the University of British Columbia, believes there is a way to ensure Canadian First Nations fishers can benefit from the otters' presence. "Efforts to...

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2008-01-14 18:24:38

SANTA CRUZ, CA -- Ecologists have long observed that when food becomes scarce, animal populations exploit a wider range of food sources. So scientists studying southern sea otters at different sites in California's coastal waters were not surprised to find that the dietary diversity of the population is higher where food is limited. But this diversity was not reflected in the diets of individual sea otters, which instead showed dietary specialization in response to limited food. The new...

2006-10-31 00:00:14

By John McCoy Though its presence often gets lost amid the hullabaloo about hunting, West Virginia's trapping season remains an important part of wildlife officials' attempts to manage furbearer populations. "Trapping is absolutely important to this state," said Paul Johansen, assistant wildlife chief for the Division of Natural Resources. "Not only are trappers an important constituent group for our agency, they perform a crucial function in keeping certain species of animals from...

2006-02-23 17:00:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A creature that looked like a beaver, right down to its flat paddle-like tail and webbed feet, lived 164 million years ago alongside dinosaurs, U.S. and Chinese researchers reported on Thursday. It might not have gnawed trees as modern beavers do -- its teeth suggest it ate fish -- but the little animal had fur and even the inner ear structure of a mammal, they report in Friday's issue of the journal Science. Thomas Martin of the Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg...


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Steller Sea Lion, Eumetopias jubatus
2012-11-01 07:34:19

The Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) is a species that can be found in the northern Pacific. It is also known as Steller's sea lion or the northern sea lion and is the only member of its genus, Eumetopias. Its range stretches from Gulf of Alaska to the Sea of Okhotsk and the Kuril Islands in Russia. Its southern range includes Año Nuevo Island near California. Although it once bred as far south as the Channel Islands, it has not been seen there since the 1980’s. Traditionally,...

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2007-06-25 07:44:10

The Muskrat or Musquash, Ondatra zibethicus, is a large aquatic rodent native to North America (Alaska, Canada, United States, northern Mexico), and has been introduced in parts of Europe. In the Mid-Atlantic states it is nicknamed "˜Swamp Bunny'. Muskrats live in wetlands such as ponds, lakes, marshes, and river banks. Adult muskrats weigh up to 3.75 pounds. Adult body length is usually between 9.75 and 15.75 inches long, with a strong, laterally compressed tail 8 to 10 inches long. The...

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2007-01-23 14:07:41

The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is a large otter native to the North Pacific, from northern Japan and Kamchatka east across the Aleutian Islands south to California. The heaviest of the otters, sea otters are the only species within the genus Enhydra. They were hunted extensively for their luxurious fur. Its estimated that a half million to a million otters were killed over time. The population is thought to have been 150,000 to 300,000 historically before the years of the great hunt....

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2006-12-26 10:31:18

The North American Beaver (Castor canadensis) is a large semi-aquatic rodent native to Canada. Also it is native to most of the United States and parts of northern Mexico. Its fur is dark brown. It has a rounded head, a large flat paddle-shaped tail and webbed hind feet. The unwebbed front paws are smaller, with claws. This is the largest rodent found in North America and the second largest rodent in the world (the largest rodent being the South American capybara). Beavers are mainly...

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2006-12-12 14:44:47

Beavers are semi-aquatic rodents native to North America and Europe. They are the only living members of the family Castoridae. Genetic research has shown the European and North American beaver populations to be distinct species and that hybridization is unlikely. General Beavers are best known for their natural trait of building dams in rivers and streams. They build their homes in the eventual artificial pond. They are the second largest rodents in the world. Beavers continue to...

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