Beavers posing a health risk? Sounds like DEFRA are grasping at straws to come up with a plausible reason to remove these native animals from the wild. Judging by the comments on this article it sounds like the general public are not falling for this either. As the piece discusses, there are far worse threats to human health than a few wild beavers and there is no evidence of the larger free-living beaver population in Scotland transmitting disease to humans.