First beaver tunnel in the Netherlands

This is a Dutch video about the beaver‘s return to Drenthe province.

Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:

Limburg gets first beaver tunnel

02 March 2010 15:56

The first beaver tunnel in the Netherlands will be open next week in nature reserve Leerkeven in Panheel. The tunnel should prevent more beavers from being run over while crossing to another pond.

According to a spokeswoman for Maasgouw local authority, in recent years eleven beavers lost their lives. Cars on the local road killed them.

Once again, Limburg, after an absence of two centuries, has a beaver population. The first beavers reached the province twenty years ago from the German Eifel hills. In order to improve the genetic basis of the population, in 2002 and 2004 thirty additional beavers have been released in various locations.

On 12 March, the tunnel will be open.

Canada: Wildlife bridge for Ontario highway: here.

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