Beavers – here today, here tomorrow!

Beavers became extinct in Sweden in the late 19th century, largely as a result of exploitation through hunting. But following their reintroduction in 1922, the beaver has staged a comeback and populations are increasing.

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Photo: Jorgen Petterson

The story of beaver reintroduction to Sweden is the story of one of the earliest reported successful attempts to bring a species back into its former territory. Once widespread throughout the continent, the European beaver population was decimated by the spread of agriculture, deforestation, grazing, and especially hunting.

Between 1922 and 1939 around 80 beavers were reintroduced to 19 sites in Sweden from Norway. In 1992, 70 years after the original reintroduction, the Swedish population was estimated at around 100,000.

See Beavers in the Wild in Sweden

Nature Travels offers a number of experiences giving very good chances to see beavers:

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Photo: Nature Travels

Best regards

The Nature Travels Team

To read about projects to reintroduce beavers in Scotland, see here

To read about BBC naturalist Kate Humble’s search for beavers, see here

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One thought on “Beavers – here today, here tomorrow!

  1. Very interesting in regards to the story of the beavers, wow, what an amazing success story of the numbers that were introduced into North America mutliplied into numbers of around 60 million.

    There are still lots and lots of beavers and in my home state of North Carolina these slick engineers create about 6.7 – 7.4 million dollars worth of damage a year across our state – to road beds, agricultural fields, forestry resources and public roads and highways created by their extensive flooding.

    Wow, what an amazing story of the resiliency of mother nature and the natural world and the creatures that inhabit our woods and waters.

    Chris
    Eastern NC

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