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Beavers chew up several trees in Riga center

BC, Riga, 12.11.2009.Print version

Beavers have felled several trees in the heart of the capital of Latvia, by the Canal, Riga City Council's Riga Gardens and Parks Director Agnis Kalnkazins (People's Party) informed LETA.


LETA observed today that beavers have torn down one tree in front of the Latvian National Opera, by the Alfreds Kalnins Monument; another nearby tree has been seriously damaged.


Kalnkazins explained that autumn is the season when beavers are most active in chewing down trees; this autumn they have felled "already five or six trees."


Kalnkazins points out that battling beavers is difficult due to the fact that hunting them is prohibited and there are no resources for wrapping wire gauze around the trees to protect them.


At the moment, there are two beaver families living in Riga Canal: one in front of the Latvian National Opera House, and one by Riga Freeport's administration building.


Altogether over 120 beavers have been observed in several locations around Riga.

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