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European Beaver

Castor fiber

The return of the European beaver

Beavers were hunted to extinction in many parts of Europe because of their fur, castoreum used in perfumes, and meat. The last Finnish beaver was shot in the 1860s. Our current, small population of European beavers consists of the offspring of 20 or so European beavers imported in the 1930s. North American beavers were brought in at the same time, and they reproduced more efficiently and spread out farther than the European beaver.

The beaver is Finland’s largest rodent. It has a flat tail and webbed feet on its hind legs. Beavers like slow-flowing water bodies, where they build their dams and nests out of tree trunks, branches, and mud. Beavers need the water levels to remain the same because the entrances to their nests must stay under the surface. Beaver couples stay together for many years. Young beavers stay with their parents until they are two years old.

Conservation status

LC stands for “least concern.” The species is well-known, and the population is abundant or stable. In Finland, the species is classified as “vulnerable” (VU).

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