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“Beavers are just beavers”: increased friction between Canadians and animals

Beaver causes internet outages, steals posts, and puts another 30 square kilometers of town underwater. But experts say animals have a serious impact on ecosystems. When endangered, Beaver has a population of millions in North America, Europe and Canada. Photo: Alami At first, the theft of wooden fence stanchions looked like a crime of opportunity. With soaring timber costs, construction sites in North America have lost piles of timber. However, officers of the Canadian grassland community in Porcupan Plain, Saskatchewan quickly identified the culprit. A local beaver stole a stanchion to build a dam. Semi-aquatic rodents have also recently been accused of an internet outage in British Columbia, making the entire town inaccessible to the web after a beaver bites a cable. Insulting the injuries, the animals also stole the telco marking tape to line their dams. Beavers are often regarded as a symbol of Canada, but two incidents, and the third episode of February when the beaver wandered into a Toronto subway station, were with a Canadian human and fast-growing animal population. Reveals an increase in friction between. Once endangered, Beaver has made an amazing comeback in recent generations in both North America and Europe, with millions in Canada. “Beavers have a huge impact on everything around us,” said Greenis Hood, a professor of environmental science at the University of Alberta, who has long studied the effects on beavers and their water systems. Few animals have such a serious impact on nature that beavers dig thousands of cubic meters of soil each year to cover lodges with mud, build dams, and dig waterways. And for species that are often blamed for their destructive tendencies, research continues to show their serious impact on ecosystems. Beaver dams not only restore valuable wetlands and recharge groundwater, but also filter and remove sediments, nitrogen and phosphorus from the water, creating shelters for species such as fish and frogs. However, there is no doubt that misunderstandings will occur in animals that overlap with humans. Last month, the town of Grenville-sur-La Rouge, Quebec, called for the eradication of nearly 800 beaver populations after 200 dams in nearby waterways submerged more than 30 square kilometers of the town. It was. Thousands of dollars each year to fix. In summary, communities across the country spend millions of dollars each year to offset the effects of beavers. Effective mitigation tools such as pond levelers are becoming more and more common, but experts say it’s not always fair to blame the beaver. “It can be too heavy for a beaver, but in reality it’s just responding to changes in the environment,” says Hood. “Where to put development is important, and how we imagine nature interacting with the structures we build must also be relevant when designing them.” The community is a wetland. It’s important to understand that beavers live in these areas much longer than humans because they’re invading the area, says Hood. Because they are increasingly being seen as a valuable species for the health of ecosystems. Hood is an optimistic person, and beavers can coexist in occasional accidents. “I think beavers are just beavers,” said Hood, pointing out that they are essentially digging creatures. “And if you have a cable that’s only 3 feet down in the soil, this can happen.”