The critter might pose a threat to local dykes and water management
To the delight and happiness of many nature lovers, more and more beavers are coming to the north of the Netherlands. But that biodiversity boon also has a downside, with the animals able to cause nuisance in a country with such a finely balanced water system as the Netherlands. And for that reason, the province of Groningen has given the order to catch the only beaver in the city and release it in the east of the province of Groningen.
In the vicinity of the Winschoterdiep in the Europapark in Groningen, the water board has placed cages to catch the beaver that lives there. After being caught, the animal is to be released in the catchment area of the Ruiten Aa, near Winschoten, reports the GIC.
The beaver is to be caught by order of the province of Groningen. The beaver now lives in a low-lying area and is therefore a risk for the dikes and quays and thus for the water safety.
The beaver will be caught in an animal-friendly manner: there are sensors in the cages so that the water board will receive a signal when the animal has been caught. It remains to be seen how long this will take, says the water board.
After the catch, the beaver will be released as soon as possible in the catchment area of the Ruiten Aa, in a place where no other beaver resides yet, which is important for its ongoing happiness: as beavers are territorial animals.