Environment

Bring the beaver back

BY Ben Goldsmith   /  4 December 2019

Native American tribes held the humble North American beaver (castor canadensis) in high esteem, referring to them as ‘little people’. Alongside humans, no other animal is capable of such engineering feats as the beaver, adapting its environment perfectly to suit its own ends.

It was believed that a great parallel beaver society lived and worked alongside and in symbiosis with man. Then the Europeans came, and trappers fanned out across the great continent, nearly always the first to arrive in each place, working their way along rivers, streams, across wetlands, swamps and estuaries, searching for every last beaver, such was the value of their fur.


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