Sunday, 26 October 2014

Legal fight begins to save family of beavers in Devon

24 October 2014 Last updated at 10:48

Campaigners have begun legal action to prevent the government from capturing a family of wild beavers in Devon.

Friends of the Earth said because groups already live in the wild in Scotland, the beavers are protected in England under EU laws.

The River Otter beavers are believed to be the only wild ones living in England.

The government said they could be carrying disease and wants to test and re-home them in captivity.

The three beavers, thought to be two adults and a juvenile, were first reported to be living on the river in the summer of 2013 and no date has been set for trapping them.

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