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It is against the law to release beavers in England.


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Mar. 6th, 2014 06:13 am (UTC)
Two comments came to mind:

1. Release them from what?

2. Insert your own dirty joke.
Mar. 7th, 2014 01:15 am (UTC)
This post originated with a story in The Guardian:

But if you go to the paper's website and do a search for beavers, there's a story about a beaver killing a man in Belarus. Which I can believe can be modified to take care of your second comment.

I should point out that I do not read The Guardian to look for stories about aquatic mammals.
Mar. 7th, 2014 12:43 am (UTC)
June Cleaver to Ward Cleaver, "Ward, you were awfully hard on the Beaver last night!"
Mar. 7th, 2014 01:15 am (UTC)
Gee, Wally.
Mar. 7th, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
Well, technically you'd be releasing a non-native, potentially invasive species into the wilds of England, since they've been extinct in that region since the 16th century. The general public shouldn't be releasing random animals willy-nilly anyhow; conservationists and other environmental-type scientists spend years carefully studying the area and evaluating what changes the re-introduced species will make and how it would affect current native species, whether they would thrive and reproduce, make sure the re-introduced animals aren't carrying horrible diseases and know the right survival behaviors, etc. etc. etc.

Which is also why it pisses me off when animal rights people "free" lab animals. Go, be free, you sad mutants who stick out like a sore thumb and have no survival instincts and will at best die almost immediately and at worst will fuck up the rest of the ecosystem beyond repair!
Mar. 7th, 2014 01:22 am (UTC)
Right you are: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/27/wild-beavers-england-devon-river

I don't hunt, but I used to fish for trout in a lake about an hour from where I live. The lake also contained bass, but one year, people started catching fewer trout and bass, and more Northern pike, which look like a tornado with razor sharp teeth and a bad attitude and will eat just about anything with fins and anything else in the water: ducks, geese, etc. I asked the regional state fisheries guy what had happened, and he told me people were catching pike in a reservoir across the road and letting them them go in the lake. He rolled his eyes and said, "Everybody wants to be a wildlife manager."

If you are fishing in a boat, catch a pike and bring it into the boat, it will go after you. People who fish for muskellunge—the Incredible Hulk big brothers of the pike—often carry a baseball bat with them in the boat to knock out the muskies when they attack.
Mar. 7th, 2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
I had no idea!
Mar. 8th, 2014 02:33 am (UTC)
Sorry to break it to you.
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