Beavers Away!

How do you reintroduce beavers into roadless wilderness? By parachute, of course.

January 21, 2015

“The beavers went to work immediately upon being put into one of these boxes and it was feared they might chew their way out while dropping from the sky, or might even chew their way out while they were in the airplane which would cause a problem for the pilot.”

—From “Parachuting Beavers Into Idaho's Wilderness? Yes, It Really Happened,” Samantha Wright’s Boise State Public Radio story about a wacky plan in the 1940s to reintroduce the large rodents in the hopes that they’d get to work and create wetlands (they did)

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