Argentina isn’t likely to be included on many beaver trapping hot spots lists, but an experiment gone bad has left the South American country with a major flattail dilemma that has officials mulling their options to control the non-native species.
Why the anxiety over Castor canadensis, a web-footed herbivore known for being painfully shy?
because the 25 pairs of Canadian beavers introduced here in 1946 by
Argentine officials to generate a commercial fur trade might now number
200,000, a virtual army that is chomping, cutting and flooding forests
across this frosty, remote archipelago known as Tierra del Fuego, or
Land of Fire. And the beavers are moving north, having swum across the
turbulent, freezing waters of the Strait of Magellan.
a colony firmly established on continental South America, on Chile’s
Brunswick Peninsula, some people fear there might be no stopping the
ingenious mammals. What lies ahead are lots of big, juicy trees along
the Pacific fjords of Chile and in the lush mountains of Argentine
“We think they could occupy all of Patagonia,” said Laura Malmierca, a biologist with Argentina’s parks service.
Needless to say, the fur industry never took off and options like sharpshooting the beavers from helicopters are now being considered if they can’t start controlling the population with more traditional methods.
Anyone want to take a trip to Argentina?
If you set traps for beavers in Argentina or somewhere closer to your own backyard, make sure to pick up some Rickard’s Trapping Lure to help improve your catch numbers.