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June 21, 2020 - Biological Diversity

USA: Trump Administration OKs Beaver Killing in Oregon, Despite Harm to Endangered Salmon, Steelhead

USA: Trump Administration OKs Beaver Killing in Oregon, Despite Harm to Endangered Salmon, Steelhead
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Despite recognizing that restoring beaver populations is key to the recovery of imperiled salmon and steelhead species, a federal agency just gave the go-ahead to keep killing beavers in Oregon.

In a long-awaited analysis, the National Marine Fisheries Service issued its findings on the impact on salmon and steelhead of continued killing of Oregon beavers by Wildlife Services, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The analysis highlighted the importance of beavers in creating excellent fish habitat and demonstrated that beavers have been reduced to only 3-10% of their historical populations. Despite the clear connection between beavers and healthy salmon and steelhead populations, the National Marine Fisheries Service concludes that Wildlife Services’ beaver killing will not “jeopardize” 12 species of salmon and steelhead that require protection under the Endangered Species Act because their populations are so imperiled.

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