Beavers Back in Detroit!

February 22nd, 2009

Beaver Nation is growing. With improved environmental clean up of the Detroit River, the area has seen the first sign of a beaver in about 75 years. Congrats Detroit! Click here to read the full article in USA Today. Here’s an excerpt:

Beavers have returned to Detroit for the first time in 75 years, The Detroit Free Press reports.

The newspaper says a single beaver lodge has been discovered in an intake canal at Detroit Edison’s Conners Creek power plant on Detroit’s east riverfront. Plant workers using motion-sensitive cameras also caught a photograph and a video of a beaver.

(from the Detroit Edison)


7 responses to “Beavers Back in Detroit!”

  1. Wow, hope it goes well on the natural re-population. Over here in Scotland they have been extinct for several hundred years but ae now starting to be reintroduced. In fact, a few of the breeding pairs they brought over from Europe escaped into England so perhaps they will be getting their own wee population too!

  2. James says:

    Detroit will be a much happier place from here on out!

  3. I’m a bit worried that this lone lodge could be more of a freak accident, (such as a whale swimming up river) rather than a signal of a slow change in trends. Is there much evidence to suggest that the environmental clean up would be sufficient enticement for the beavers to return?


  4. Pieter Tjia says:

    Improved environmental clean up of the Detroit River, Congratulation, Detroit!!

  5. It’s always nice when a species begins to flourish again.

  6. 75 years is a long time. It shows you how much things can be improved if there is a will. I hope more show up and establish a viable long-term community

  7. There have been many rivers that carried waste and run off into the Great Lakes/Detroit River (Huron, Rouge, etc.). There have been many efforts into cleaning up the waste and it is now showing off.

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