2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase


Moving Day: Examining Translocation of the American Beaver (Castor canadensis) within the State of Idaho

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Dr. Emily Wakild


At the conclusion of the nineteenth century, the American Beaver (Castor canadensis) was largely extirpated from many parts of the United States, due to the high demand of its fur in Europe. Today, the American Beaver is recognized by many as a species with great capacity for restoring ecosystems. Deteriorating riparian areas throughout the U.S. have encouraged innovative solutions which largely rely on the translocation of beavers. Unfortunately, there are many risks associated with this process that demand consideration. The purpose of this research is to explore the risks posed by translocation of C. canadensis and describe the methods used to mitigate these risks. Our review of risks associated with translocation includes pathological implications, financial considerations, and habitat suitability. Interviews with local wildlife managers informed our documentation of the translocation process and preventative measures currently used in Idaho. It is our hope that this documentation will ultimately raise awareness surrounding these risks among both biologists and the general public, leading to informed policy decisions which guide future translocation projects for the betterment of the environment.

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