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ENG­LAND’S first wild breed­ing group of beavers have been legally given the right to re­main in the wild.

The Govern­ment has said that the pop­u­la­tion of up to 15 fam­ily groups of beavers can stay in their east Devon home for­ever. This is the first legally al­lowed rein­tro­duc­tion of an ex­tinct mam­mal to Eng­land, and comes af­ter a five-year trial was car­ried out by Devon Wildlife Trust.

The beavers live on the River Ot­ter, and Univer­sity of Ex­eter re­searchers have said that the crea­tures have brought ben­e­fits to peo­ple and wildlife liv­ing along the river, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing the risk of flood­ing for houses fur­ther down­stream.

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