Wild beaver killed by car in Devon, England

A few days ago, an adult female beaver was killed by a car near Langford Bridge, near to the River Otter in Devon. It is very likely that the beaver was part of the River Otter Beaver Trial set up in 2015 and run by Devon Wildlife Trust. The animal was in good health and had been tagged when young near Ottery St Mary in 2015. It may have moved to the road during a period of heavy rainfall and high river levels. Although the River Otter population now consists of 25-30 individuals and this death will not affect the trial particularly, it is unfortunate that this is the first beaver road casualty to be reported in Britain (see BBC News, The Independent, DevonLive, The Sun, Mail Online.)

Posted on April 9, 2018 at 4:58 pm

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