England's first wild beavers in 400 years allowed to stay in river

England's first wild beavers in 400 years allowed to stay in river
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England's first wild population of beavers for 400 years has won the right to stay in a Devon river.

The government said the breeding beavers - comprising up to 15 family groups - can remain in the River Otter, where they were discovered in 2013.

The beavers had been threatened with removal but a five-year trial found their dam-building brought benefits.

It helped reduce flooding for some at-risk homes, created wetlands for other animals, improved water quality and even boosted local tourism.

There were some localised problems for landowners, as beavers can damage trees and flood parts of fields, but these were managed with the help of Devon Wildlife Trust.

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Beavers were hunted to extinction four centuries ago in Britain but a family were found in the river seven years ago.

The government decision means the future is secure for the first reintroduction of an extinct native mammal to England, said Devon Wildlife Trust.

Source/ Sky News
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