These beavers have been rumoured to be living wild in Devon for a decade and recent proof has shown them to be thriving, with no negative effects being recorded. Perhaps the beavers should be studied by independent scientists before any decision into their impact and management should be made. However, given recent events such as the badger cull, there is no guarantee that the government would listen to any such evidence.
If the government gets its way, the presence of these beavers in a corner of Devon – the first to be sighted in England for 500 years – will be a short-lived affair. This month, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said it planned to trap the colony and transfer them to a zoo or wildlife park, arguing they are an invasive non-native species and could carry disease.