Sunday, 13 July 2014

Licence bid to keep Devon beavers in wild

11 July 2014 Last updated at 11:41

By Jonathan Morris

BBC News, Plymouth

Wildlife campaigners are hoping to get official permission for a family of beavers to remain living wild in Devon, it has emerged.

Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) admitted it has "to be pretty quick" after the government announced plans to move the three beavers from the River Otter.

The government said the beavers could be carrying disease.

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith has backed a campaign with 7,400 supporters to keep the beavers.

A recent sighting of beavers, thought to be two adults and a juvenile, in the River Otter was said to have been the first of its kind for centuries.

Nobody knows where the beavers have come from.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) said they could be carrying a disease "not currently present in the UK".

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