You might recall previous blog postings of the Kern River Beavers of Bakersfield, CA who, last month just before Christmas, were sentenced to death by city officials for gnawing down too many trees along Bakersfield Park at Riverwalk. Massive internet outcry, blog postings and nationwide attention saved the beaver family. KERO 23, a Bakersfield news station, has an update:
Mystery Beavers To Get New Home
Nationwide Attention Continues To Help Beaver Family
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The once-condemned beaver family near Bakersfieldâ€™s Park at Riverwalk have yet to be seen, but will soon have a new home.You may recall there was public outcry and nationwide attention when the city got a permit to kill the beavers for gnawing on and tearing down trees.
CNN.com linked up to the original story, providing the high Internet traffic needed to spread the word both nationally and internationally, about the plight of the beavers who made a home near a popular bike path in Bakersfield, Calif.
The supervisor for Bakersfield Parks & Recreation told ABC23 they have wrapped 20 trees to protect them from beavers. But he said no one has seen the beavers.Now the city is trying to relocate the beavers. For now the beaver family is still living in a drainage ditch along the Kern Recreational Bike Path. So far no more trees have been damaged.
The city has identified an area to relocate the beavers in Tehachapi and the city is working with the Department of Fish and Game to get approval. Once the site is approved, city officials said an expert trapper will catch the beavers and relocate them unharmed. He also said the traps that were set by the Department of Fish and Game were pulled up empty after the city revoked its permit to destroy the animals.
Though yet to be seen, Nick Belardes from KERO 23 has been searching for the beavers. You can read about his quest and watch video clips on his Save The Kern River Beavers blog.