A beaver family in Bakersfield, California has been saved from their death sentence after a huge public response to their story.
The family had made their home near a popular bike path and had chewed nine cottonwood trees down to stumps near the park. State wildlife officials from the Department of Fish and Game had been issued a permit to kill the beavers for destroying the $500 trees.
Bill Cooper, co-founder of the Kern River Parkway Foundation, said, “(Wildlife officials) view them as a pest and I don’t know for sure if they’re a native animal along the river.”
After the news of the beavers’ impending death broke out on CNN.com, many readers sent letters asking to save the beavers. They suggested to move the bike path, put the beavers in a zoo or even to relocate the people who wanted the beavers killed.
One reader wrote, “I saw an article on CNN.com that had a link to a Bakersfield, CA news station about a beaver that has been sentenced to death by wildlife officials for gnawing on trees in a local park. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Why has this creature been sentenced to death for doing the only thing that it knows how to do?”
Wildlife officials are now working with Bakersfield city officials to figure out how to relocate the beavers. Previously, officials said they couldn’t relocate the beavers before because a beaver’s nature is to stop the flow of water, which could ruin an irrigation canal or destroy more trees at another location.
Source: Turn To 23.com